cyyiary Baldwin College
Staunton, Virginia 24401
College Trustees Elect
Dr. Virginia L. Lester
In This Issue
Mary Baldwin College—
A Historical Sketch
by Dr. Thomas H. Grafton
Dr. Virginia L. Lester
Elected Seventh President
of Mary Baldwin College
Wenger Hall Formally
The Computer and the
Liberal Arts College
by Robert ]. Weiss
Mary Baldwin's Chief
Plans a New Mission
by Margie Fisher
New Dimensions News
17 News Digest
19 News of the Faculty
20 Between Ham and Jam
21 News from the Classes
VOLUME XXIV, NUMBER 4 September, 1976
Issued six times a year: March, July, August, September,
October and November by Mary Baldwin College, Box 2445,
Staunton, Virginia 24401. Second-class postage paid at
Staunton, Virginia and at additional mailing offices.
Editor: Janet M. Ferguson
Assistant Editor: Mary B Carter
Photographers: (unknown for photographs not credited)
Marco Kent; cover, p. 7
Ed Thorsett: p. 2, 29
Dan H. Grogan: p. 8, 9, 20, 21, 27
Robert J. Weiss; p. 10, 11,12
Robert Llewellyn: p. 14
Mark Miller (Courtesy of The Statiiiton Leader), p. 27
Mary Baldwin College— A Historical Sketch
by Dr. Thomas H. Grafton, Professor Emeritus of Sociology
The growth of Mary Baldwin into a college of
national reputation and patronage is the more
remarkable for the fact that during the first eighty
years it received no donations more considerable than
an early one of $1,500 and this conditioned upon the
school's providing free tuition in perpetuity for three
indigent girls. It did not even own any real estate for
27 years and its first charter set an upper limit of
$30,000 to the material assets it might possibly, but
did not in fact, possess.
In 1842, the Rev. Rufus W. Bailey, a Presbyterian
minister with a crusader's zeal for the higher
education of women, who had already founded and
operated two or three female seminaries in both North
and South, came to Staunton and shared his dream
with a number of local citizens. With their backing he
opened a school in the upstairs of an old frame
building with himself, wife and two daughters doing
the teaching. By the second year the Bailey's had 60
students, most of them in the upper academic level
courses but some in the elementary grades. In 1844
the First Presbyterian Church agreed to permit the
Augusta Female Seminary, as it was known in those
days, to erect a building on a vacant lot adjoining its
edifice, which was done the same year although it
was nearly three decades later that the church got
around to deeding the property to the Seminary. To
defray the costs of building and furnishing what
continues to be the Administration Building, minus
the wings which came later, 79 individuals sub-
scribed a total of $2,046, three of them furnishing
plank and foodstuffs in lieu of cash. No subscription
Women Assume Leadership
For the first fifteen years the Seminary operated as a
day school with students from a distance being
boarded under the school's supervision in "respect-
able and pleasant families." The Baileys left in 1849
and the school's very existence hung for a while in the
balance. In 1857 it took a new lease on life under
Principal Jofui B. Tinsley who induced six trustees to
advance $500 for the addition of the wings to the
edifice which would provide living quarters for the
Principal's family and 15 or 20 boarders. Within a
few years, however, war had come to the Valley and
by the Spring of 1863 refugees had crowded the
students and their teachers out of their building.
In desperation the Board induced 34-year-old Mary
Julia Baldwin and her older friend. Miss Agnes
McClung, to take over the school. They moved in only
months after Gettysburg, cleared the building and
replenished it with equipment begged and borrowed
from friends in the community. The two women were
able to assemble 22 boarders and 58 day students
during this the third year of the War and held on
through skyrocketing inflation and the death of the
Miss Baldwin invested her inheritance of $4,000 in
the Seminary. It was operated under the proprietary
plan whereby two-thirds of the proceeds went to Miss
Baldwin and one-third to Miss McClung who had
taken over the housekeeping functions. It could
hardly be said that Miss Baldwin ovmed the Seminary,
but she did own most of its assets and there was no
question about her complete control over the manage-
ment of the institution. Her outstanding program
attracted students from distant states and her careful
management issued in surpluses which were invested
in the expansion of plant eind equipment. In a few
years she had purchased the "Thompson" property
to the top of the HilJ behind the original building and
erected Brick House, later enlarged and named after
Miss McClung, on New Street. In 1871 Sky High was
erected with its back to Market Street, and the
following year the Seminary acquired the sanctuary of
the First Presbyterian Church which was renovated to
provide an assembly hall on the top floor with
dormitory space and dining room and kitchen on
lower floors. With the Thompson property was also
conveyed the beautiful old residence which has
served as a dormitory under the name of Hill Top.
The Seminary's growth without help from outsiders
was a monument not only to Miss Baldwin's
business sense but to the ascetic life style required of
About the author. . .
Dr. Thomas H. Grafton, professor emeritus of sociology,
taught at Mary Baldwin for 38 years and retired from
teaching in 1971.
Bom in China, the son of Presbyterian missionaries, Dr.
Grafton received a B.A. from Presbyterian College and a
B.D. from Columbia Tlxeological Seminary. He earned his
M.A. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University and did
additional study at the University of North Carolina, the
University of Chicago, the Richmond School of Social
Work, and the Garrett Biblical Institute.
In addition to his teaching career at Mary Baldwin, he
served as minister of Finley Memorial Presbyterian
Church for 27 years. He is currently the minister of
Fairfield Presbyterian Church in Fairfield, Va.
Mary Baldwin College— A Historical Sketch
Dr. Thomas H. Grafton
dedicated teachers whose zeal was undimmed by the
necessarily meager compensation. It was the ambition
of the Principal to give her advanced pupils as good
an education as men were receiving in the colleges of
that day and her "University Course" which
Professor McGuffey helped her plan taxed the ability
of her most mature girls.
Upon Miss Baldwin's death in 1897 the Trustees
came into possession of all of her real and other
property with which the Seminary had been operating.
This included property left in trust with Miss Baldwin
by Miss McClung who had predeceased her. The
Mary Baldwin College of today has grovm out of the
work and legacies of these two women. In 1895 the
Board gave recognition to Miss Baldwin's achievements
by renaming the institution Mary Baldwin Seminary
and to this day Founders' Day is celebrated each year
on Miss Baldwin's birthday.
Seminary Achieves College Status
The Seminary continued to grow under Miss Ella
Weimar and William Wayt King, Business Manager
and Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds. New
buildings went up as older ones were enlarged.
Memorial Hall was built to the west of Hill Top. The
Academic Building, providing space for most of the
classes, and also for the entire library until 1968, went
up in 1907 at a cost of $35,782. From an enrollment
of 75 boarders in 1897, the number had reached
200 a decade later, with day students bringing the
total to 328.
The Seminary was given Junior College standing in
1916 and by a new charter in 1923 constituted both a
college and a seminary within the "Mary Baldwin
System." Control of the College in the latter year
passed to the Presbyterian Synod of Virginia upon
the promise of that body to raise half a million
dollars for a new campus to house the College. The
Synod, however, was able to raise neither the money
nor an annual allocation equivalent to the interest on
the amount pledged. After fifteen years, in 1938, the
charter was changed, returning control to a self-
perpetuating Board which is still linked to the Synod
through the designation of a minority of its members
as Synodical Trustees.
The dual system of Seminary and College endured
for only six years. During this time the Rev. A. M.
Fraser, minister of the First Presbyterian Church
served under the title of President with Miss Marianna
Higgins as Dean. The State requirement of a bacca-
The Augusta Female Seminary during the mid-nineteenth
laureate degree for all high school teachers precipitated
a crisis in 1929 which was resolved by discontinuing
the preparatory department and concentrating on
accreditation for a standard four-year college. To
succeed Dr. Fraser, now retiring by reason of age, the
Board called Dr. L. Wilson Jarman as the new
President. Under his vigorous leadership the College
made rapid strides, being admitted to the Southern
Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools in
1931, and becoming a member of various national
professional and accrediting organizations in
subsequent years. More recently, the College in 1971,
was granted a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a distinction
limited to approximately 200 American colleges and
universities and in March, 1976, became the first
woman's college in the nation to be granted a chapter
of Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership society.
The chief addition to the campus facilities during
the sixteen years of the Jarman era was the William
Wayt King Gymnasium which also serves as an
auditorium with a seating capacity of 1000. Also
acquired were residences across New and Market
Streets which were converted to academic use. Under
Dr. Jarman's successor. Dr. Frank B. Lewis, the
Student Activities Building, now knowm as Wenger
Hall and substantially enlarged in 1976, arose to the
east of Hill Top. About the same time the College
'Discipline was notoriously strict
through much of Mary Baldwin's history
purchased the old building of the King's Daughters'
Hospital which was renovated during the incumbency
of the next President, Mr. Charles W. McKenzie, and
made into a dormitory bearing the name of Bailey
Hall. As part of the deal, Mary Baldwin gave title to
the Hospital of its ".farm" on Augusta Street.
Subsequently it disposed of its old athletic field which
adjoined the farm and upon this property now stand
the Social Security building, the new Staunton Post
Office, and the Medical Center.
To compensate for the loss of the athletic field, the
College has constructed all-weather tennis courts at
the top of its hill where it hosts each year the Malta
Tennis Tournament with entries from colleges and
universities aU over the South and East. Mary Baldwin
has demonstrated its excellence in this sport by
capturing 5 singles titles and 4 doubles championships
in Malta tournaments since 1961.
Campus Facilities Expanded
A major expansion of the campus was projected
under the leadership of President Samuel R. Spencer,
Jr., who became president in 1957. Helped by Federal
grants and loans, the College established key
structures on land extending all the way to Coalter
Street: Hunt Dining Hall, Woodson and Spencer
Dormitories, and the Martha Stackhouse Grafton
Library. Dr. Spencer is recognized as the architect of
the new Mary Baldwin, with enrollment more than
doubling during his eleven years along with
expanded curriculum opportunities and innovative
programs for women.
During the administration of Dr. William W. Kelly,
Dr. Spencer's successor, two major building programs
were completed: the Jesse Cleveland Pearce Science
Center and the Wenger Hall Student Center which
provides new social facilities for the students, offices
for the student government and publications and the
college book store. Under Dr. Kelly's leadership, the
college launched the New Dimensions Capital
Campaign to raise $7.6 million over a five-year period;
the curriculum of the college underwent change with
renewed emphasis on the education of women; the
January extemships program was introduced and a
part-time degree program especially for adults whose
education was interrupted was initiated. Recently
named to succeed Dr. Kelly and become the seventh
president of Mary Baldwin College is Dr. Virginia
Laudano Lester who comes to Staunton from the
State-Wide Division of Empire State College of the
State University of New York.
Other measures besides those cited may be given
to show Mary Baldwin's material progress. The
College has acquired a beautiful President's home
several blocks from the campus, and also a number of
residences adjoining the campus which may provide
sites for future facilities when needed. The library
today contains 123,500 "items" as compared with
3300 at the end of the last century, and subscribes to
682 periodicals. The Endowment Fund today has an
estimated market valuation of three million dollars, up
from the $25,000 designated as a "reserve fund"
following Miss Baldwin's death. Whereas the 1895
charter permitted the holding of property up to
$200,000, the total assets today are estimated to be in
the twelve to fifteen million dollar range. The large
staff at the present time contrasts with the total
absence of secretarial help for the Principal and
Business Manager as late as World War I.
Reflections on Student Life
Discipline was notoriously strict through much of
Mary Baldwin's history, encouraged by the families
from which the students came and made the more
rigorous, no doubt, for considerations of administra-
Mary Baldwin College— A Historical Sketch
The afternoon walks.
Miss Nannie Tate, first graduate of the Augusta Female
tive "convenience and economy." On one occasion a
fornial request from the Second Presbyterian Church
that students be permitted to attend church services
there as well as First Church was debated by the
Board and refused because of unspecifiable complica-
tions that might arise if the pattern of regimentation
was broken. Uniforms were worn from 1869 to 1929.
The afternoon walks, good for exercise, kept to "the
most secluded streets," with the girls walking in line
and always avoiding Main Street "whose mysterious
fascinations," in the words of one of the morbidly
curious, "have often thrilled the imagination with
unspeakable wonder and anticipation." Gentlemen
were not exactly encouraged to call, those passing
inspection being subjected to punctilious rites of
passage en route to brief admissions to the guarded
presences. For all that, the students appear to have
been a happy lot and the record shows they were
involved in a wide variety of campus activities and
organizations the like of which has largely lapsed
with the pattern of weekend defection from the
campus and the cultural mandate to "do one's own
The student annual, "The Blue Stocking," made its
first appearance in 1900; the "Miscellany," a literary
magazine, the year before; Campus Comments, the
student newspaper, in 1920. The Student Government
Association was organized in 1929. Many associations
that once flourished have disappeared, including
sororities which made a brief appearance during the
first decade of the current century.
The earlier academic structure seems fluid and
under-defined in contrast with the specialization and
differentiation which prevail today. The Presidency
and Deanship go back only to 1923; organized classes
to 1910. In Miss Baldwin's era there were "schools"
which later gave way to "departments" now more
lately grouped under "divisions." There is much more
choice of courses today than some while back; also
more curricular emphasis on career preparation, some-
thing not really new since Miss Baldwin had a School
of Business Training and Bookkeeping as early as
1883 and a single bookkeeping course before that.
The College today provides help in finding career
openings and has a short January term to allow
students to participate in extemship experiences in
Mary Baldwin is an asset to the Staunton commu-
nity in many ways: its payroll of 200 employees is a
stimulant to the local economy; its students patronize
the stores, restaurants, and professional services of the
city; its campus contributes to the beauty of the
dovvmtown area; its program of continuing education
offers classes at night for adults for credit or enrich-
ment; and its policy of inviting the community to
college- sponsored events at little or no charge widens
the cultural offerings available to the residents.
Today, Mary Baldwin faces new challenges in the
middle of its second century: competition from
publicly supported institutions; inflation; higher
standards of excellence in program, equipment and
compensation; the growth of coeducation. While
private colleges suffer especially in times of economic
recession with declining yields from endowments and
attrition in students, Mary Baldwin continues to
appeal to a broad constituency. The college's New
Dimensions Capital Campaign, initiated hvo years ago
to raise $7.6 million for permanent endowment and
current funds has almost reached its halfway mark.
A 15% increase in freshmen enrollment for the 1976-77
year over that of last year, is a prime indicator of
Mary Baldwin's successful adjustment to the challenges
Dr. Virginia L. Lester Elected Seventh President
of Mary Baldwin College
Dr. Virginia Laudano Lester, acting dean of the State-
Wide Division of Empire State College of the state
university of New York, became the seventh
president of Mary Baldwin college this fall. Dr. Lester
was elected to the position at a special meeting of the
board of trustees in Washington, June 4.
With 10 year's experience in academic administra-
tion. Dr. Lester, 45, becomes the first woman elected
president of the college since the days when Mary
Baldwin was called a "seminary" and headed by
On several interim occasions since Mary Baldwin
became a college, it has been headed by women who
served as acting president: Dean Martha S. Grafton,
now retired and most recently by Dr. Patricia H. Menk
who was appointed to the position this past November.
A native of Philadelphia, Penn., Dr. Lester went to
Empire State College, Saratoga Springs, in 1973 as
associate dean and assistant professor, College-Wide
Programs, and was involved in implementing a new
organizational design for Empire State.
She became senior associate dean in 1975 and was
further engaged in personnel and program develop-
ment, including cooperative programs with external
In May, Dr. Lester was named acting dean of the
State-Wide Division of Empire State College. Addition-
ally, this spring she has been visiting faculty fellow of
Harvard's Graduate School of Education and on the
consulting core faculty of the Union Graduate School,
Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities,
Yellow Springs, Ohio.
For five years, 1967-72, Dr. Lester was a member of
the administration of Skidmore College, first as director
of educational research and later as assistant to the
She has been a consultant to the New York State
Education Department, Bureau of College Evaluation;
to the Vermont State College System; the New Careers
Training Laboratory of City University of New York,
and the University of North Carolina Institute for
Undergraduate Curricular Reform. She was also on the
faculty for the National Conference on Drug Abuse
In Saratoga Springs, Dr. Lester served as a director of
Costume Collection, Inc. and the local Planned Parent-
hood League. She was also a member of the Housing
Board of Appeals.
Dr. Lester, a divorcee, is the mother of two teen-age
daughters, Pamela, 19, a student at the School for
Forestry and Environmental Science, part of the state
university of New York at Syracuse and Valerie, 16, a
Dr. Virginia L. Lester
student at the Kent School in Kent, Conn.
A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and
Temple University, Dr. Lester received her doctorate in
1972 from the Union Graduate School, the Union for
Experimenting Colleges and Universities where she
made a comparative study of the relationship of college
goals to college functioning.
She is a member of the American Association of
Higher Education and the American Association of
University Professors. Additionally, she is a trustee of
the Virginia Federation of Independent Colleges, and
a member of the Virginia Crime Commission Advisory
Task Force to study criminal sexual assault.
Dr. Lester's appointment culminated a six month
search made by a committee composed of representa-
tives from the board of trustees, alumnae, faculty and
students who considered applications from 190
persons who applied for the post.
Wenger Hall Formally Dedicated During
Over 100 Mary Baldwin alumnae from as far away as
Texas convened on the campus in April to celebrate
the traditional alumnae homecoming.
Dr. William W. Kelly presided at the alumnae
luncheon and paid special tribute to members of the
50th reunion class attending: Elizabeth Roberts
Brittain of Tazewell, Va., Emily Ramsey Thompson,
Front Royal, Va., Betsy Brown Wheeler, Charlottesville,
Va., and Missouri Miller Zirkle of Christiansburg, Va.
Members of the 25th, 10th and first class were
Dr. Kelly read the citation naming Mrs. Patty Joe
Montgomery of El Dorado, Ark., the recipient of the
Emily Smith Medallion which is awarded annually to
an alumna for distinguished service to church,
community and the college. Mrs. Montgomery is a
member of the college's National Development
Council, chairperson of the National Alumnae Com-
mittee and a former member of the Board of Trustees.
Her family ties to the college date back to when her
grandmother attended the Augusta Female Seminary
during the time of Mary Julia Baldwin. Her daughter,
Roberta M. Fonville, was graduated from the college
Alumnae were special guests at the formal dedica-
tion ceremonies for the Wenger Hall Student Center,
the Lakenan Terrace and the Elizabeth Parker Student
Government Suite and heard an address by the
Honorable Andrew P. Miller, attorney general for the
commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Miller is the grandson
of Flora McElwee Miller, a Mary Baldwin student of
1880 for whom the Miller Lounge in the Student
Center is named.
Weekend activities also included the finals of the
Mid-Atlantic Lawn Tennis Association (MALTA)
women's collegiate tennis championship, where Mary
Baldwin's Crissy Gonzalez captured the singles title,
and the team of Gonzalez and Heidi Goeltz took the
doubles championship. The Mary Baldwin team also
received the sportsmanship trophy. Other events
attended by alumnae included tours of the MBC
greenhouse, a buffet supper with the faculty, and a
concert by the college choir.
Alumnae officers elected to take office July 1 include:
President, Mary Lamont Wade '52 of Richmond, Va.;
Vice-President for Annual Giving, Adriane Heim
Lyman '50 of Bemardsville, N.J.; and Vice President
for Continuing Education, Gretchen Clark Hobby '60
of Orlando, Fla. Elected to serve on the Alumnae
Association Board of Directors as members-at-large
are: Marcia Williams Bohannon '71 of Reston, Va.; Julia
Deener Brent '58 of Alexandria, Va.; Mary Buvinger '68
of Houston, Tex.; Angier Brock Caudle '69 of Richmond,
Excerpts from Andrew P. Miller's
Speaking at the dedication of Wenger Hall, Attorney
General Andrew P. Miller praised the contributions of
private colleges to the state's higher educational
program. "One of the most obvious reasons that
Virginia benefits by the existence of both private and
state-supported education is that the private college or
university is relatively free to chart its ovkOi destiny.
The academic atmosphere that results may answer
challenges unique to certain students and faculty and
which may not be answered on public campuses."
He noted the "increasingly difficult financial
challenges" faced by private institutions in recent
years, and he praised the success of Mary Baldwin in
its completion of the 15-year, $8 million expansion
Miller continued, "One has only to look at this
stately campus to know that the status of Mary Baldwin
College has not been diminished by the recent,
difficult years. The capital program which included
this new student activities center has given new life to
Mary Baldwin and has opened a new potential for
Reasserting the reason for pluralism in the state's
system of higher education, the Attorney General
noted that most compelling was the fact that students
from other states come to Virginia because they have
learned that the private and state- supported colleges
and universities are superior institutions. He contin-
ued, "They have been made aware of the educational
opportunities that Virginia has to offer."
Miller concluded, "We have, in short, an educational
heritage that is shared by all our colleges, whether they
be private or state-supported. Here at Mary Baldwin,
there is no diminution of that heritage. Indeed, by
what you have accomplished in the past 15 years,
culminating in this building we dedicate today, that
heritage has now been further enhanced.
"Mary Baldwin is representative of the best in
private, higher educational opportunities in the
Commonwealth. So long as this college endures, it will
continue to draw bright young Virginians to its
bosom, along with students from every state and from
Va.; Ann Fowlkes Dodd '52 of Richmond, Va.; Camille
Glass Gaffron '73 of Atlanta, Ga.; Ann Calvin Rogers
Witte '67 of Chapel Hill, N.C.; Judith Lynn Wade '69
of Atlanta, Ga.; and Lucy Fisher West '59 of Wayne,
Mrs. Henry E. Wenger (Consuelo Slaughter Wenger '19) for
whom the student center was named, was a special guest
at formal dedication ceremonies.
Miss Elizabeth Parker, former dean of students, addressed
the group following the dedication of the Elizabeth Parker
Student Government Suite.
Members of the 50th reunion class (1. to r.): Elizabeth
Roberts Brittain, Emily Ramsey Thompson, Betsy
Brown Wheeler and Missouri Miller Zirkle receive a special
tribute at the alumnae luncheon following the dedication
Mrs. Wenger (1.) and Marguerite Harvey Turner, '20 (r.)
reminiscing about their former seminary days, as
Mrs. Turner's daughter, Consuelo T. Ingram, looks on.
The Honorable Andrew P. Miller
The Computer and the Liberal Arts College
by Robert J. Weiss, Professor of Mathematics
In 1812 an eight-year old Vermont boy named Zerah
Colbum amazed an academic audience with feats of
mental arithmetic such as computing instantaneously
the square root of 106,929 and calculating in a few
seconds the sixteenth power of the number 8. More
remarkable, perhaps, was his ability to factor large
numbers; given the number 247,483, he was able in
a few moments to give its factors (941 and 263).
Colbum was one example of a phenomenon that
has occurred at intervals in the last several centuries,
that of "calculating prodigies," persons who displayed
exceptional talent for doing very complex calculations
rapidly in their heads. Typically the prodigy exhibited
this talent at an early age, and usually the arithmetic
techniques were self-taught. Even though at least one
nineteenth century prodigy, George Parker Bidder,
became a prominent civil engineer, most often the
prodigies were undistinguished in later life. Many,
MBC student Barbara Barnes of Chappaqua, N.Y. working
in the student area of the computer center.
in fact, were unable to profit from formal schooling
and were almost certainly considered mentally
defective in virtually all areas except calculation. For
this reason the nineteenth century math historian,
W. W. Rouse Ball, adopted the description "idiot
What these prodigies appear to have had in common
was an exceptional memory for numbers, an unusual
capacity for concentration, and the ability to vividly
visualize numbers in their minds as they performed
computations. Their techniques, though self-taught,
were often refined by constant practice as they gave
frequent public exhibitions, solving problems posed
by members of the audience. Exhibitions in the
twentieth century included, in addition to problems
of the type described above, calculation of logarithms
and reciting from memory, in either original or reverse
order, the car numbers on the boxcars of a one
hundred car freight train.
Comparison of a human mind, regardless of how
unusual, to a machine is probably both unfair and
unwise; nonetheless, one is struck by the similarities
between the "idiot savants" and modem electronic
computers. Computers can, of course, perform complex
arithmetic computations with ease, usually even more
quickly than the best of the prodigies, though not
necessarily as acairately. They readily calculate
logarithms and can easily remember the car numbers
of a hundred car train; most large railroads, in fact, use
computers for precisely that purpose, printing the car
numbers in the correct order. (The computer could
just as easily print them in reverse order, if anyone
were really interested.) Computer memories are
excellent, although of limited capacity, and the
machines have a single-minded concentration
that would probably have been the envy of Zerah
Colbum. They are very fast, highly efficient devices
capable of performing certain select tasks, just as the
"idiot savants" were highly skilled at certain compu-
tations and generally not very competent.
Of course, we must assume that even the most dull
of the "idiot savants" was capable of original and
creative thought, while computers, as almost everyone
knows, do not actually think; rather, they simply do
exactly what they are told. A computer must be
precisely instructed in what it is to do; thus pro-
grammed, it can perform a highly complex sequence
of operations, making decisions and varying the
sequence according to preassigned conditions. How-
ever, if so instructed it will just as happily do very silly
things, such as repeatedly printing the number "7,"
one character to a line, for page after page until
someone manually stops it.
Computers Gain Importance
That we are "living in the computer age" is one of
those overworked expressions that appear much too
often in print; nonetheless, it is clear that our society
is increasingly dependent upon computers and upon
persons who can effectively use them. The need for
individuals, not necessarily trained in the highly
technical aspects of computer work, but knowledge-
able about both the capabilities of computers and the
difficulties associated with them, is very much
apparent. Many liberal arts colleges now allow
"computer literacy" courses to meet general distribu-
About the Author . . .
A member of the Man/ Baldwin faculty since 1968, Mr.
Weiss is currently chairman of the Computer Center
Committee, one of whose functions is to establish priorities
for the use of the college computer. He is a graduate of
La Verne College in Cahfomia and earned his M.A. and
Ph.D. from the University of California. Professional
memberships held by Professor Weiss include the American
Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of
America and the American Association of University
tion requirements— some schools may even require
such courses. Graduate schools permit computer
language courses to meet the foreign language require-
ments, and baccalaureate graduates with experience
using computers for problem solving have substantially
better opportunities for jobs.
The importance of computers to colleges is not
limited to educational use. Dr. John G. Kemeny,
president of Dartmouth College and co-developer of
the widely used computer language BASIC, states
that the computer is now the most important
element in long-range planning that a college can
have. Speaking recently at a gathering of more than
200 women college administrators, he commented
that the Board of Trustees at Dartmouth is so
convinced of the value of the computer for planning
that a terminal is made available for use at board
Mary Baldwin's Computer
The computer age came to Mary Baldwin in the
fall of 1968. Under the direction of A. L. Booth, college
registrar, MBC started leasing time on a computer
ovmed by a local business. Most of the use was
administrative, but there was some student use,
particularly in the 1969-70 academic year when an
introductory FORTRAN course was offered and the
computer was used for student projects in several
upper level mathematics courses. In 1970 Mary
Baldwin purchased its own IBM 1130 computer,
with the help of a $50,000 grant from the National
Science Foundation. In 1972 the computer was
moved to its present location on the first floor of the
Administration Building, where the Alumnae
Offices had previously been, and in 1973 the
equipment was upgraded with a 16K memory from
Logicon, a 2314-type disc drive, and a faster line
printer. The present computer center staff includes
Mr. Fred Powell as Director, Ms. Rebecca Bien, a
1974 graduate of Mary Baldwin, as Systems
Analyst/Programmer, and Mr. Eddie Swick as
In terms of administrative use of the computer
at Mary Baldwin, the Alumnae/Development Offices
are by far the biggest users. The development of the
computer system for these offices is now essentially
complete, after several years of work. Their files
currently include about 44,000 different records, which
can be sorted in almost unlimited ways to give gift
summary reports, mailing labels, and so forth.
Other major users are the Admissions, Business,
Information Services, and Registrar's offices.
In order to make better use of the facilities, the
computer center does a small amount of outside
work. One current job is part of an HEW-sponsored,
five year spinal cord research project. Working in
conjunction with the Woodrow Wilson Rehabili-
tation Center at Fishersville, Mary Baldwin serves
as one of ten national data collection centers, and is
the first to have an operating data analysis system.
Another outside project has involved data analysis
on jail populations for the Central Shenandoah
Planning Commission, and a third is handling data
analysis for the National Science Foundation-
sponsored Women in Science project at Mary Baldwin
and three other women's colleges in Virginia. The
Mary Baldwin computer center also houses the
program library for COMMON, a national users group
for IBM computers, and serves as the central distri-
bution site for SMORGASBORD, a large assorted
collection of user-contributed 1130 software.
The biggest educational use of the Mary Baldwin
computer is in connection with programming courses.
Computer programming, often thought of as a
mechanical subject more appropriate for technical
schools, is taught at Mary Baldwin as a general
method of problem solving. Programming, in fact,
is really a two-stage process, in which the hardest
part is devising a method by which the problem
can be attacked by the computer. Once this has
been solved, the mechanical part, the actual writing
of the program, is often relatively easy. Pro-
Rebecca Bien (MBC '74), system analyst and programmer,
and Eddie Swick, computer operator
''One very real educational advantage
of the computer operation at the college
is that students get 'hands on' experience."
Fred Powell, director of the Computer Center
gramming courses are offered in BASIC, COBOL,
FORTRAN, and ASSEMBLER languages; other
languages supported are RPG, APL, SNOBOL,
ALGOL, SLl, and AMTRAN.
Programming as a problem solving technique is
an evolutionary process; the first attempt is rarely
successful, and the programmer is forced to back
up and make modifications, or sometimes start
over with a different approach. Thus programming
is time-consuming for the student, probably just as
time-consuming as other science labs. Students
spend long hours in the computer center, much of it
in frustration as a "perfectly logical" program
produces pages of unreasonable garbage. The feeling
of success when the program finally runs correctly
is particularly sweet.
One very real educational advantage of the
computer operation at the college is that students get
"hands on" experience; that is, they run their own
programs. Students load their ov^m programs in the
computer and stand at the printer to see if the
results are good or bad. If the computer finds errors
in the program, the student can correct them
immediately and run the program again. Several
tries may be required before the program runs
correctly, but in this way the computer becomes a
very effective teaching machine. Students have
exclusive access to the computer for several hours
each evening, and they may run programs along
with administrative jobs in the afternoons. More-
over, advanced students may check out a key to the
Chad Gubbins, a 1976 graduate from Raleigh, N.C., reviews
the computer printout.
center and use it at other times, including all night
if desired. The lament, "I was in the computer
center until 4:30 this morning," is not an unusual
one as the term draws to an end.
Other educational use of the computer includes
several faculty research projects, statistical analysis
of student questionnaires for sociology courses and
similar analysis for some senior projects, problem
solving in several upper level mathematics courses,
and more mundane tasks such as grading multiple
choice tests for various courses.
In the future the college would like to increase
educational use of the computer, particularly in
non-computer science courses and develop a time-
sharing system, with terminals in the major
administrative offices and at selected locations
for student use. This would not only allow more
efficient use of the machine but would also
alleviate problems caused by heavy demand for the
keypunch machines in the computer center. Recent
developments in computer hardware make this
conversion of Mary Baldwin's system feasible, if
sufficient money can be found.
In justifying Dartmouth College's decision to
allocate $2 million for a new computer. Dr. Kemeny
stated that "the computer makes the students a
little smarter, and it makes the faculty and
administration a great deal smarter." Perhaps the
greatest potential for future use of the computer at
Mary Baldwin is that the computer will play a much
larger role in the long-range planning of the college.
Mary Baldwin's Chief Plans a New Mission
by Margie Fisher, Staff Writer, Roanoke Times
STAUNTON — Recently, a man who happened to
strike up a conversation with Dr. Virginia L. Lester
while she was traveling alone in Asia described her
as "the gutsiest woman" he had ever met.
She took it as a compliment and also as a kind of
index to her own emotional growth.
Not so long ago, by her own evaluation, she was not
one to take risks with the unknown — like the trip to
Asia— and not one to gamble on her ov^m abilities.
"I was very self-depreciating. I felt everybody was
smarter than I was," she says. And when opportunities
and challenges presented themselves she was con-
stantly saying to herself, "Ginny, you can't do that."
Today, it's hard to believe there is anything
Dr. Lester can't do.
Ten years ago, she left the life of housewife, volun-
teerism and "smocking blouses" for her two daughters
to re-enter the world of working women.
Last week she moved into the president's office at
Mary Baldwin College and set about the task of
transforming the small liberal arts institution to fit
her own image of dynamic feminism, in the nicest
sense of the word.
Dr. Lester, a divorcee who is Mary Baldwin's first
woman president, is clearly very excited about what
she sees as the new mission of the school. That is, to
educate women for a new age where they have more
choices than ever before.
"Women have more options today than men," she
said. "Oh, you can talk about 'house husbands' but a
man would have to be pretty tough to be a house
Women, on the other hand, can choose marriage, or
a career and then marriage, or career and marriage
combined, or they can dedicate themselves to a
career and never marry.
"The real danger, though, is that they don't always
make their choices intelligently," she said.
"They don't realize that to have one thing they will
have to give up something else. Formal education,
generally, has not given women the information to
make sensible elections about lifestyle and neither has
it given them the skills they need to make a success of
that choice," she said.
Also, said Dr. Lester, it has failed to show women
that "one choice doesn't have to be forever," that they
can keep growing, keep learning and keep taking out
new options on new lifestyles at any age.
Dr. Lester is very much into theories about various
stages of adult development and how these differ
between the sexes.
Men, she feels, tend to taper off at about 35. By that
Mary Baldwin's Chief Plans a New Mission
time they have reached a stage where they have made
it or know they won't make it and they settle into a
downward curve of their ambitions.
Women, on the other hand, tend to go through their
20s (or their childbearing years), devaluing themselves
and not very happy, but then, when they reach their
late 30s "they are ready to fly."
The older women get, said Dr. Lester, "the more
egocentric they get and the less guilty they feel about
it. They tum to men and say, 'hey, now it's my tum.' "
Dr. Lester, at 45, is a classic example of what she's
talking about. She started out with the childhood
assumption that she should be a teacher and then get
married, because teaching was one of the few career
options open to women at that time and marriage was
required for all young girls.
The Philadelphia native did indeed become an
elementary school teacher and she did marry. And
when her first daughter was on the way she went
home, and she stayed there, never intending to go
back on anybody's payroll.
From a forum of volunteer work, Mrs. Lester
decided to run for a seat on the local school board.
She lost by five votes. "I decided if I wasn't going to be
able to volunteer my time, 1 might as well get paid for
it," she says, so she went to work in the administra-
tion at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
What happened later is also fairly classic. Her career
soared. She returned to school to get a doctorate at
the Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities
in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and later was invited back
to teach in the same program. During that time
she was divorced.
She was acting dean of Empire State College's
statewide division in New York when Mary Baldwin
invited her to become president three months ago.
The next thing she knew she was "picking up my
family, a house and my whole life to move to a part of
the country 1 didn't know much about."
Dr. Lester has been nominated on two previous
occasions to be considered for college presidencies.
She was flattered and curious by the first couple of
possibilities but was still saying inwardly to herself:
"Ginny, you can't do that."
But her confidence in herself and her abilities was
growing. And so was her conviction about colleges
that "are staying in business for women."
Mary Baldwin's commitment to a program geared
specifically to women's potential and a decision by
the board of trustees to maintain an all-female student
body and hire a woman president gel precisely with
Dr. Lester's views.
There is a great need, she feels, for education that is
designed especially for women so that they can become
aware of their options and their abilities and get the
skills they need to make informed choices.
Many women need "this period of segregation
before they go out into the competitive world to fight
the good fight."
And Dr. Lester feels strongly that this type of
learning environment must also be extended to older
women who, like herself, go through many expe-
riences but don't truly discover until their late 30s or
40s that they are ready to take charge of their own
future. She is pushing for Mary Baldwin to get into
that type of program, knowing the school will have to
restructure itself if it is also going to serve women who,
unlike younger students, have other demands on their
"There is a crying need for it out there," she said,
pointing to her experiences at Empire State where the
average age of the students is 36 and where they are
Dr. Lester has brought an air of excitement to Mary
Baldwin. She is a woman who relishes new expe-
riences, whether riding river rapids or taking off on a
trip by herself around the world. She comes on,
always, as herself, not embarrassed to be seen in public
in blue jeans and tennis shoes, and not reluctant to
admit she's very proud of her own accomplishments.
Reprinted with permission of Roanoke Times.
Mary Baldwin Graduate
Appointed to Development Post
Carol Lynn Howard
Carol Lynn Howard, a 1976 graduate of Mary
Baldwin, has been appointed Assistant Director of
Development. Miss Howard will be working with
New Dimensions alumnae chairmen in each area as
they plan and coordinate campaign meetings and
kick-off dinners throughout the country.
An honor student at the college, Miss Howard was
the student recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan
medallion for outstanding character and serx'ice
awarded at the recent commencement exercises.
She is a charter member of the college's chapter of
Omicron Delta Kappa, national leadership society,
and Psi Chi, national honorary society in psychology.
A former resident of Norfolk, Miss Howard is the
daughter of Captain and Mrs. Albert W. Howard now
stationed in Iceland with tlie U. S. Navy.
New Dimensions Building Program
Completed With Renovation,
Expansion of Wenger Hall
The only building program among the objectives of
the New Dimensions program, the expansion and
renovation of Wenger Hall to a student activities
center, was completed and opened to students in
January. Formal dedication ceremonies were held
May 1, 1976, as part of Mary Baldwin's year-long
Mrs. Consuelo Slaughter Wenger of Detroit, who
gave major financial support to make the student
center possible, was present for the dedication.
Wenger Hall, originally constructed in 1951, has
been enlarged and renovated at a cost of $725,000.
Contributing to the project were numerous alumnae
and parents, as well as the following foundations and
corporations: Arthur Vining Davis Foundation,
Burlington Industries Foundation, Kresge Foundation,
Tenneco Foundation, The Walter Clifton Foundation,
Inc., The American Can Company, Clark, Nexsen,
Owen, architects, Fairchild Industries, First and
Merchants Corporation, Gulf Oil Corporation,
Holsinger Lumber Company, Inc., John's Inc., Planters
Bank and Trust Company, Reynolds Metals Company
and Staunton Paint and Wallpaper Company.
Campaign Reaches Halfway Mark;
Seven Fall Campaigns Scheduled
Over the past two years the New Dimensions
Program has been initiated in 36 cities in six states.
These campaigns have brought Mary Baldwin almost
to the halfway mark of an overall goal of $7.6 million
for permanent endowment and current funds.
During this next year the college will continue to
conduct area campaigns in 24 cities. Planning and
preliminary organization for the seven fall campaigns
began in May.
Mary Baldwin's new president. Dr. Virginia L.
Lester, will be present at the Campaign Kickoff
Dinners to meet alumnae, parents, and friends of the
Area Area Chairmen
Greensboro-High Point, N.C.
October 28 Martha Ross Amos, '48
Charleston, W. Va.
Margaret Query Keller, '55
Joan Keeley Lam, '49
Martha Grant Rideout, '63
Charlotte Jackson Lunsford, '51
Lucy May, '73
Ouida Caldwell Davis, '51
Scholarship Fund Receives $25,000 Gift
Mr. Edward H. Little of Memphis, Tenn. has made an
additional gift of $25,000 through the New Dimensions
Campaign to the Elizabeth Bolton Woodside Memorial
Scholarship Fund. The fund was established by Mr.
Little in Memory of his niece, who was an alumna of
Mary Baldwin. This fund, now valued at $75,000, will
provide $3750 per year in scholarship aid.
NEW DIMENSIONS PROGRAM
Summary of Gifts By Range of Giving — June 30, 1976
Gifts/ Pledges Required
Gift Range Number Amount
$i,000,000 up 1-2 $2,000,000.00
$100,000-999,999 10-15 2,000,000.00
$10,000-99,999 90-120 1,800,000.00
$1,000-9,999 350-500 1,000,000.00
Under $1,000 all others 800,000.00
Gifts/Pledges To Date
Amount Pledged Number Amount Paid
Summary of Gifts By Purpose — June 30, 1976
Purpose Gifts/Pledges Required
Endowment for Teaching $3,750,000.00
Endowment for Student Aid 1,000,000.00
Endowment for the Library 750,000.00
General Endowment 1,000,000.00
Current Use Funds 500,000.00
Wenger Hall 600,000.00
Total Pledges $7,600,000.00
'Includes pledges made to more than one purpose.
Summary of Gifts By Source— June 30, 1976
Cumulative To Date
Number Total Pledged
Alumnae 742 1,838,337.33
Non-Alumnae 359 651,880.28
Corporations 67 178,242.50
Foundations 7 754,401.36
Other 22 23,351.50
Totals 1197 3,446,212.97
Trustees* 41 1,422,918.01
Parents* 292 179,580.73
"Included in alumnae or non-alumnae amounts above
125 Seniors Receive Degrees
"Women, Work and Wisdom" was the title of the
address given at the 134th commencement exercises
by Dr. Albert Curry Winn, pastor of the Second
Presbyterian Church in Richmond. This was the first
year in the college's history that the baccalaureate
service and the graduation program was combined.
Dr. William W. Kelly, former president of the college,
conferred the bachelor of arts degree to 125 women,
and Dr. Patricia H. Menk, acting president, gave the
remarks for the college.
Carol Lynn Howard, '76, recently appointed
assistant director of development, and Jane Frances
Smith, '37, of Alexandria, received the Algernon
Sydney Sullivan medallions for outstanding character
and service awarded annually at graduation to a
student and a non-student.
The Martha Stackhouse Grafton Award, presented
each year to the graduate who has earned the highest
cumulative average in her four years at Mary Baldwin,
went to Lucile McMichael Fairchild of Reidsville, N.C.,
who maintained a straight A average.
Claudia L. Woody, of Bassett, Va., was named the
Russell Scholar for 1976-77 to pursue a scholarly
project during her senior year. The Cynthia Anna
Durham Award was given to Mary Hunter Leach of
Leesburg for the member of the junior class "who has
done the most to encourage creative writing among
students of the college."
Bonnie E. Klinefelter of Timonium, Md., was the
recipient of the college's Honors Degree which is
designed to recognize students of outstanding
academic achievement and a wide range of intellectual
and cultural interests. One major stipulation for the
Honors Degree is that the candidate must achieve a
"distinction" in her senior thesis and defense.
Dr. Patricia H. Menk received the Omicron Delta
Kappa Leadership Award, and Sister Dorothy Ann
Pyle of St. Francis Catholic Church received the
Distinguished Community Service Award, initiated
by the class of 1971.
Mary Louise Kiley
Dean of Students Appointed
Mary Louise Kiley, former dean of students at
Westbrook College, Portland, Maine, has been
appointed dean of students. She succeeds Ethel M.
Smeak, professor of English, who will return to
teaching this fall.
Ms. Kiley was associated with Westbrook College
for nine years, serving as assistant dean for three years
and dean of students for six years. Prior to her asso-
ciation with Westbrook, she was assistant academic
dean and instructor at Garland Junior College, Boston,
Mass., and a teacher in the public schools of Stamford,
A graduate of State College, Framingham, Mass.,
with a B.S. degree in education, Ms. Kiley earned a
master's degree in education from Tufts University
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in Medford,
Mass., and has done further study at Fairfield Uni-
versity in Fairfield, Conn. She is listed in Who's Who
in American Women and is the recipient of a Distin-
guished Alumnae Award from Framingham State
She is residing in Blakely House on the Mary
Governor's School for the Gifted
Held on Mary Baldwin Campus
For four weeks this summer, 152 rising junior and
senior high school students from throughout the state
participated in the Governor's School for the Gifted
on the Mary Baldwin campus.
The college was one of three centers in the state
which hosted the sessions for selected students.
Other center locations were Mary Washington College
in Fredericksburg and Randolph -Macon Woman's
College in Lynchburg.
Various areas of study included anthropology,
astronomy, botany, chemistry, creative writing,
economics of contemporary issues, the novel and film,
mathematics, physiology, philosophy, physics, political
science, psychology and zoology.
Guest speakers who addressed the group included
Charles McDowell, columnist for the Richmond Times-
Dispatch, and Edgar Toppin, a noted black historian.
Students also participated in numerous field trips,
demonstrations, interest groups and discussions.
Dr. Ben H. Smith, Jr., professor of English at Mary
Baldwin, directed the program, marking his fourth
year as head of the Mary Baldwin Center.
First Woman Chaplain Appointed
Deborah Dodson of Texas has recently been named
chaplain of the college. She succeeds Carl N. Edwards,
who has accepted an assistant ministry in Baltimore, Md.
Ms. Dodson, the first woman chaplain to be
appointed at Mary Baldwin, attended Texas Tech
University and received a B.A. degree in religion from
Austin College and a master of divinity degree in
theology-Bible from Vanderbilt University in
Nashville, Term. She will be ordained a Presbyterian
minister this fall.
She has held a student ministry at Trinity Presbyte-
rian Church in Nashville, a chaplain internship at Ben
Taube County Hospital in Houstin, Tex., and has
worked as a caseworker for the Texas Department of
The new chaplain will work closely with the dean of
student's office and will teach a course in religion and
Library Receives Kellogg Grant
The W. K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Mich,
has awarded Mary Baldwin an $8,000 grant for the
purchase of terminal and related equipment from the
Ohio College Library Center (OCLC), a national,
computerized, bibliographic data exchange. The grant,
to be utilized over a two-year period, is also
designated for the training of library personnel in the
use of the system.
Once installed, the new system is expected to
improve the processing of library materials and
eliminate backlog, free the professional staff from
clerical work and enhance tnterlibrary loan services
for the faculty and students.
Administrative Intern Program
Enters Third Year of Operation
Mary Baldwin will again participate in the
Administrative Intern Program for Women in Higher
Education sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation and
16 women's colleges, and coordinated by Cedar Crest
College in Allentown, Pa.
The program is designed to provide colleges and
universities with a supply of qualified women for
entry-level positions in all phases of academic
administration, and is open to nominations by the 16
institutions from their graduates or faculty and staff
who have an expressed interest in administration in
Recently, a new grant was authorized by the
Carnegie Corporation extending the present program
for one additional year until July 1978.
Valerie Lund, a 1974 graduate, has been selected to
represent Mary Baldwin and she will intern at Scripps
College in Claremont, Calif. A member of Phi Beta
Kappa, Ms. Lund served as an admissions counselor
at Mary Baldwin following graduation, and was a
graduate assistant in history this past year at the
College of William and Mary.
Martha FuUer, a 1968 graduate of Randolph-Macon
Woman's College in Lynchburg, Va., will intern at
Mary Baldwin for the 1976-77 academic year. A native
of Los Angeles, Mrs. Fuller earned a master's degree
in English from the University of Virginia.
Foundation Awards College
$6900 for Fall Programs
Mary Baldwin has been notified that it will receive
a $6900 grant from the Virginia Foundation for
the Humanities and Public Policy for a special series
to be held this fall.
The proposed program, "Values Revalued: Life,
Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness in Century
III," is sponsored by the Mary Baldwin Bicentennial
Committee. Chaired by Virginia R. Francisco, associate
professor of drama, the program was formulated by
a group of students interested in issues relating
to government policy.
The sbc-week fall program, consisting of a series of
lectures, debates, discussions, and informal gatherings
of scientists, sociologists, and humanists, will focus
upon the three inalienable rights proposed in the
United States Declaration of Independence, and the
re-examination of these rights from the humanistic
point of view.
News of the Faculty
Lois Blackburn, assistant professor of physical
education, participated in several tennis clinics this
summer, as a panelist, instructor and workshop
'Techniques of Coaching Women's Tennis," was
the topic she presented at the General Mills-Wheaties
Women's Athletic Coaching Clinic held in cooperation
with the President's Council on Physical Fitness and
Sports in Arlington, Va. This clinic was especially
designed for tennis coaches and teachers in junior
high school, senior high school and junior colleges.
In September, Ms. Blackburn will be a panelist and
workshop leader for the 6th National Tennis Teachers
Conference in New York City. 'Team Coaching:
Organization, Team Selection, Scheduling, Conduct
of Matches," and "Plarming Round Robins, Tennis
Leagues, and Informal Social Tennis Events," will be
the topics of her discussion and workshop.
During the month of July, she headed tennis
clinics for the Army at Ft. Eustis, Ft. Jackson, Ft.
McClellan and Ft. Knox; and in August, Ms.
Blackbum managed the first Virginia 21 and under
Women's Tennis Tournament held in Suffolk, Va.
Dr. David M. Cary, associate professor of sociology
and Dr. James B. Patrick, professor of chemistry, were
among sixty scholars chosen to be Lilly Scholars at
Duke University this summer.
The grant to the university by the Lilly Endowment
supports a program in continuing education for the
faculty of the small liberal arts college within a 200
mile radius of the Duke campus.
Faculty scholars attend a three-day summer seminar
in one of three areas: the humanities, social sciences
and science and are invited to return to the campus
for three weeks during the 1976-77 academic year for
Dr. Cary attended a seminar offered in the area of
the social sciences which examined slavery in the
old south from an interdisciplinary perspective. Dr.
Patrick attended a science seminar on ecological and
Dr. Fletcher Collins, Jr., professor of dramatic arts,
was a visiting professor for a summer seminar on
medieval church music-drama at the Center for
Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the Ohio State
University, Columbus, Ohio.
The basis for the seminar, the first of its kind to be
taught in the United States or Europe, are two books
Richard P. Gifford Succumbs
Richard P. Gifford, a member of the Board of
Trustees since 1968, and a member of the Executive
Committee of the Board, died recently while
vacationing in Switzerland.
He was vice president for communication projects
for General Electric Company in Lynchburg, Va. and
served as vice chairman of the Presidential Search
Committee at Mary Baldwin College.
written by Dr. Collins on medieval church-drama.
Choir directors and other musicians and teachers
of medieval studies attending the seminar heard Dr.
Collins give instruction on the production of medieval
plays which are being made available for the first
time in his new book, "Medieval Church Music-
Drama: A Repertory of Complete Plays," published
this spring by the University of Virginia Press.
Dr. Collins' previous book, written in 1972, is "The
Production of Medieval Church Music-Drama."
Dr. Charlotte Hogsett, professor of French, has been
awarded a fellowship by the National Endowment for
the Humanities for a year's study at Yale University,
New Haven, Conn., for the 1976-77 academic year.
While at Yale, Dr. Hogsett will participate in a
seminar directed by Professor Paul DeMann of the
department of French and comparative literature on
"The Rhetoric of Romanticism," studying the
romantic movement in France, Germany and England.
In addition to her participation in the seminar.
Dr. Hogsett will pursue her own research project on
the novels of Madame deStael, a novelist of the early
Dr. Hogsett will return to Mary Baldwin for the
1977-78 academic year.
Juanita Greer White, a former professor of biology
and chemistry at Mary Baldwin from 1930-1935, was
honored recently by the University of Nevada, Las
Vegas. The University's board of regents voted to
rename their soon-to-be completed $5.3 million life-
sciences building Juanita White Hall.
A former state legislator in Nevada, Dr. White was
cited for her work in science as a researcher and
former professor at the university and the contributions
she made to the development of the university while
serving eight years on the board of regents from
Dr. White lives in Boulder City with her husband.
Dr. Thomas S. White.
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Spring Alumnae Activities
March 3— Tallahassee, Fla. Alumnae were invited
for dessert at the home of Nniicy McDowell Smathers
'71 to honor the Mary Baldwin tennis team.
March 25— Kinston, N.C. (Eastern North Carolma
Chapter). A luncheon was held at the Kinston Country
Club hosted by Poin Walker Floumoy '62. Pe;^gy
Maddex Barnes '67 of Greenville is area cookbook
April 3— Arlington, Va. (Northern Virginia Chapter).
Glciuia Norris George '66, vice president for chapter
activities, was in charge of arrangements for a coffee
at the Trinity Presbyterian Church. Northern Virginia
cookbook chairman is Otey Hayward Swoboda '61.
April 7— Baltimore, Md. A chapter coffee was held
in the home of Neilson Peirce Andrews '62. Virginia
Warner Munce '47, Director of Alumnae Activities, was
the guest from Mary Baldwin. Baltimore cookbook
chairman is Weslie Funkhonser Womom '70.
April 10- Norfolk, Va. (Tidewater Chapter).
Alumnae met for a luncheon at the new Omni Inter-
national Hotel, janis Krebs Smith '70, chapter chairman
and cookbook chairman, was in charge of arrangements.
April 10— Wilmington, Del. The annual spring
luncheon took place at the home of jane Shortell Nelson
'71, chapter president and cookbook chairman.
Cookbook plans and the annual geranium sale
sponsored by the chapter were discussed.
April 11 — Blacksburg, Va. A "What's Cooking"
gathering was held at the home of Mary Ellen Cranwell
Deemer '57 who is a member of the national cookbook
April 22— Charlottesville, Va. Jeanne Haley Roberts
'47 directed arrangements for a luncheon held at the
home of Man/ Caperton Armistead Bear '47 on
Monticello mountain. Present from the college were
1st row: 1 to r: Mary Caperton Armistead Bear '47, Virginia
Warner Munce '47. Back row 1 to r: Kathryn A. McCain, of
Columbia, S.C., student govenmient president, and
Jearme Haley Roberts, '47.
Virginia Munce and Kathy McCain '77, student
government association president and daughter of
Ami Rawl McCain '51. Katharine Scoft Jones Gilliam '63
is cookbook chairman.
April 24 — Appomattox, Va. (Southside Virginia
Chapter). Alumnae of the Southside area gathered for
coffee at the home of chapter president, Ruth Hawkins
Webb '43, before their annual luncheon. Virginia
Munce was the guest from Mary Baldwin. Cookbook
chairman for the area is Patty Tipton Pugh '55.
April 29— Dallas, Tex. (Mary Tapscott Paxton
Chapter). The home of Amie Ponder Dickson '61 was
the scene of the annual spring meeting which was a
"tasting bee" luncheon. ]oan Vetten Hall '67 is cookbook
chairmcin and was also elected president of the chapter
at this meeting.
April 30— Augusta, Ga. Recipes were collected at a
coffee at the home of Minta McDmnnid Nixon '63 who
is serving as cookbook chairman for the area.
May 5 — Montgomery, Ala. Frances Tullis '45, area
cookbook chaimian, entertained at a coffee at her
May 12— Charlotte, N.C. Alumnae gathered at the
home of Harriet Bangle Bamhardt '50 for a tasting
luncheon. ]oan Keeley Lam '49 is serving as cookbook
May 19— Mobile, Ala. Susan Richards Jones '65 was
hostess for a morning coffee at her home. Virginia
Taylor Otts '67 is Mobile cookbook chairman.
May 20— Columbia, S.C. Sandra Grizzard Grier '67,
who is cookbook chairman for the area, entertained
at an afternoon sherry party.
June 3— Allentown, Penn. Anne Markley Harrity '51
was hostess for a luncheon at which Virginia
Munce and Roy K. Patteson, vice president for
development, were guests from the college. Betty
Buel Winn '33 is serving as cookbook chairman for the
June 15- McLean, Va. (Northern Virginia Chapter).
Members, husbands, and dates gathered for the annual
chapter picnic at the home of Martha Kline Chaplin '51.
The collection of recipes by mail or phone is under-
way in the following localities: Birmingham, Ala.,
Donna Dearman Smith '70, chairman; Jacksonville, Fla.,
Mimi Von Glahn Bonstelle '64, chairman; Lexington,
Ky., "Frankie" W/7/rtrd Daniel '60, chairman; Pittsburgh,
Perm., Anne Emmert '69, chairman; Austin, Tex., Mary
Paxton '55, chairman; Ft. Worth, Tex., Patricia Mann
Burr '52, chairman; Newport News, Va., Nina West
Guy '66, chairman; Petersburg, Va., Barbara Freeman
Ragsdale '67, chairman; Winchester, Va., Kate Gladden
Schultz '71, chairman.
News from the Classes
LOUISE PRIDDIE Donovan, New Rochelle, NY.: "I am proud to
have my granddaughter, also named Louise Priddie Donovan,
attending Mary Baldvirin and being on the Honors list."
SARAH CALDWELL Butler, Roanoke, Va.: "I fell and broke my
shoulder on March 17."
DOROTHY CRAWTORD Rogers, Burlingame, Calif.: "I received
a first aufard in a juried show of art in January. I am on the Board of
the Peninsula Art Association."
JEWEL MEARS Upshur, Eastville, Va.: "My granddaughter,
Susie Upshur, graduated from MBC May 16 and I am very proud of
her, as MBC is my dear old alma mater, also."
MILDRED SEARSON Goeller, Roanoke, Va.: "My husband and I
returned from a five-month vacation in Miami, Florida, on April 1.
We are glad to be home in Friendship Manor in Roanoke for the
summer months. I am pleased that my genealogy book. The Steclcs of
Steelfs Tavern, Virginia and Related Families, continues to draw
favorable comment from relatives in many states. Our oldest
grandson is a freshman at the University of Virginia."
MILDRED GARDINOR Prunaret, Natick, Mass.: "1 am a trustee
of the Animal Rescue League of Boston; a trustee of the Francis
Ouimet Caddy Scholarship; and an honorary member of the Irish
Masters of Hounds."
LIBB HUGGINS Barham, Murfreesboro, Tenn.: "My husband
retired at the end of '75. We are both well and have celebrated our
50th wedding anniversary."
DOUGLAS SUMMERS Brown, Emporia, Va.: "Friends held a
reception for us on June 13, 1976. celebrating the anniversary of our
50th wedding day!"
EDWYNNE HEREFORD, Albuquerque, N. Mex,: "Our Y.W.C.A.
here conducts marvelous tours several times a year and I love to go
on them whenever I can, usually two or three a year."
RUTH MOWERY Evans, Santa Barbara, Calif.: "My husband
passed away in December, 1973. 1 spend my time playing golf and
traveling around the world."
SUSAN HERRIOTT Rozelle, Pahokee, Fla.: "This is the 20th year
that I have served as a volunteer with the Palm Beach Chapter of the
American Red Cross in the Service to Military Families Division.
My three sons, Frank, George, and Jim, are pursuing careers with the
First National Bank in Atlanta, Monsanto Chemical, and T.R.W.
(Calif,), respectively. I reside six months in South Florida and six
months in the North Carolina mountains."
KATHARINE A. SEE, Floyd, Va : "For the past year and a half 1
have spent most of my time with my father. At 97 he is the oldest
alumnus of A.M. A., Hampden-Sydney, and Union Theological
Seminary. Together we have put in a good-sized garden."
ELSIE CARLETON Olsson, Coral Gables, Fla.; "My daughter,
Elsie Carleton Lawton, has been home on vacation from Bern,
Switzerland, where she is with the U. S. Department of State. In
February, my husband. Dr. Axel Olsson, and I enjoyed several weeks
in Costa Rica."
Alumnae, faculty, and staff enjoyed a cocktail buffet in
Hunt Dining Hall during Alumnae Homecoming Weekend
CATHARINE CRAFTON Fenne, Blacksburg, Va.: "My husband
has been m a wheelchair for 20 years because of M.S., but we are
still able to enjoy all sports events taking place on the Virginia Tech
campus. We also make an annual cruise to the Caribbean."
VIRGINL\ DICKERSON Francisco, Staunton, Va.: "My son and
his wife, Ginny, live with me on our farm near Staunton. I am busy
with church and volunteer work."
MINNIE LEE MAHONY Ginther, Houston, Texas: "All are fine.
We have 11 grandchildren. (I have four healthy and apparently
MILDRED BAGLEY Garden, Kenbridge, Va.: "My husband died
of cancer in May. One daughter lives in Raleigh, N.C., the other in
Morristown, N.J. Both are married and I have three grandchildren.
B. LEWIS, MARY AGNES GRANT, and 1 had lunch with ELY
BAKER Arey this summer— MBC was the topic!"
KATHRYN MILLER Wood, Chesapeake, Va.: "My husband
retired in July, 1975. We returned to the U.S.A. after spending five
delightful years in Germany. We toured in 22 countries during our
stay — visiting some more than once."
SARA GEORGE HARRIS Hanger, Staunton, Va.: "I retired after
24 years of teaching. It's a great life doing the things I've always
wanted to do— but couldn't. Grandchildren take priority!"
VIRGINL\ MANSON Wood, Daytona Beach, Fla.: "We look
forward to a visit this summer with our daughter, husband, and
three grandchildren, including a new granddaughter. They live in
California— much too far away. Bill and I really love living in
GRACE CROWE Bobo, Mt. Holly, N.J.: "My first grandchild,
Douglass Rodger Sillars, was bom in November in Cleveland
Heights to daughter, Susan."
MARY BORDEN WALLACE Lee, Charleston, S.C: "I am assistant
organist at St. Mary's Church. I have two sons: Larry — a lawyer in
Atlanta and James— a doctor in Tampa. 1 have a new granddaughter
and one grandson. My husband is professor of history at The
NELLIE HANKINS Schmidt, Savannah, Ga.: "1 regretted that 1
could not attend my 40th reunion in May. Our son, Peter, was
married at Christmas and they are living in Athens, Greece."
DOROTHY BELCH Hughes, Newport News, Va.: "I had three
grandchildren graduating from high school this spring, thus I was
unable to attend our 40th reunion."
MARY BESS FITZHUGH Oliff, Oxon Hill, Md.: "I have a
daughter and a son and one grandson. My husband and I are
looking forward to retirement next year."
Alumna Receives Algernon
Sydney Sullivan Award
Jane Frances Smith '37 of Alexandria, Va., was
awarded the Algernon Sydney Sullivan medallion for
outstanding character and service during Mary Baldwin
commencement exercises May 15.
The Sullivan medallions are awarded annually to a
student and a non-student and are given jointly by
Mary Baldwin and the New York Southern Society
which established the award in 1925 to memorialize
A. S. Sullivan, a noted lawyer and philanthropist.
Miss Smith is the director of the Civil Archives Divi-
sion of the National Archives and Records Service in
Washington, D. C. She has served the college as a
member of the alumnae board of directors and has
honored her parents with a scholarship that bears their
names, the Emma O Mara and Starke Baken Smith
Scholarship, which will assist local students in gaining
higher education. In 1974, she established a lectureship
in history, the Carroll Lectures, in honor of Dr. Mary
Swan Carroll of Staunton, professor emeritus of
history at Mary Baldwin College.
Miss Smith is a fellow of the Society of American
Archivists, has directed a national conference on
historical research on Indian-white relations, and is
co-editor of the conference papers.
DOROTHY HOOGE King, Richmond, Va.: "I am still at the same
address. I do church work, Woman's Club work and I travel at least
once a year. 1 have four grandchildren, ages 11 through 14."
RACHEL HENDERLITE, Austin, Texas: "Sorry I couldn't be with
you for the reunion, but I was in Venice representing the World
Alliance of Reformed Churches in a tri-lateral conversation with
Lutherans and Roman Catholics. I retired four years ago from
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (Texas), but still teach
one course in Christian Education. 1 am a representative of our
church to the Consultation on Church Union and am presently
serving on the executive committee."
EDYTHE ALPHIN Moseley, Blacksburg, Va.: "The Lord has
blessed us with another darling granddaughter bom October 1, 1975
to our son and his wife. Our daughter's little girl is now two and
how fortunate we are to have both here in Blacksburg."
VIRGINL\ GANTT Kendig, Roanoke, Va.: "As 1 was class
president of the Class of 1937 and on the Alumnae Board for three
years, I am sorry that the Class of 1937 hardly has any news in the
MBC magazine. My husband just retired as President of Roanoke
College (1963-1975), so we are re-adjusting."
SARAH LACY Miller, Hinton, Va.: "Next year all three of our
children will be at U. of Va. — two sons are in the School of
Engineering and our daughter has been accepted in the School
JEAN YOUNG Moore, Staunton, Va.: "I am working part-time as
a hostess and guide at the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace. I recently
visited daughter Carolyn and her husband in Dallas.
MARY ANNE WILSON Gibbs, St. Albans, W.Va.: "I am a
grandmother for the fourth time, courtesy of son Ray whose
daughter, Elizabeth Anne, was bom on November 1, 1975. 1 helped
provide living quarters for an interim pastor for a short period."
ANITA MALUGANI, Oradell, N.J.: "I am retiring this June (1976)
after 36 years of teaching. I plan to enjoy my retirement — to do what
I want to do when I want to."
HAZEL ASTIN Buchanan, San Antonio, Texas: "1 am currently
serving as President of the United Methodist Women at Laurel
Heights United Methodist Church."
MARCLA GOOCH Johnston, Roanoke, Va.: "Our daughter,
Loulie ('66), gave us a granddaughter, Lynn Metzger, last April. We
are still civic minded and active. Our trip to Scandinavia and Russia
was most interesting, but no place that we've been is as near
perfect as the U.S.A., even with its troubles."
BETTY BOYD Caskey, Honolulu, Hawaii: "1 had major surgery in
November, but am fully recovered. My job with the Honolulu-Pacific
Federal Executive Board as executive assistant is fascinating. I
traveled to Washington, D. C, last June and visited New York this
May. Still love Hawaii!"
MARJORIE TOBIN Burke, Woodstock, NY.; "Our sons are
growing up! Paul, a graduate of M.I.T., lives in Boston; Larry attends
N.Y.U.; Brian the University of Chicago; and Jim is going to Antioch
ALICE JONES Thompson, Richmond, Va.: "I will be President of
the Women of the Church next year and am on the board of Stillman
College. My daughter is married and lives in Suffolk, Virginia.
My son is a lawyer in Richmond."
MARY HENDERSON McCauIey, Versailles, Ky.: "My husband
retired in July. We have two granddaughters. Our youngest daughter
is a junior at North Carolina State University. 1 stay busy with civic
and church work."
CISSIE NORTON Brushwood, Lawrence, Kans.: "Stubbs and 1
plan research on a new project in Mexico this summer. Wonderful
place to combine business and pleasure!"
MARL\N HORNSBY Bowditch, Yorktown, Va.: "Two new
grandchildren on one day— Willits, 111 and Sherwood. Working on
arts committee for the Bicentennial in York County. Had pneumonia
over Christmas — slowed me down to a crawl, but am slowly
ANNE HAYES Brewer, Greensboro, N.C.: "Our oldest son, Paul,
and wife now have two girls and a boy. Our middle son married in
December and our youngest son is a junior at the University of
North Carolina in Chapel Hill."
GRATIA KAYNOR Deane, Fayetteville, N.Y.: "1 am a substitute
teacher (Miss Six Pence School). It's fun being one of the few
Democrats in this area."
PEG CREEL Miniclier, Longwood, Fla,: "Our second son, Gordon,
is a second year dental student at M.C.V. John and 1 spent four
months in Europe this year.""
HELEN FRANCES (Cookie) COOK McQuillen, Houston, Texas:
"Very happy in Houston! Met with the alumnae group recently
when Vice President Roy Patteson was in town."'
JULL\ PANCAKE Rankin, Mt. Holly, N.C.: "Daughter, Julie,
graduated from college and is now working in Birmingham, Alabama.
Daughter, Kitty, is at the University of Georgia. Son, Richard, is in
pre-med school at U.Va."
CARMEN HAYES Anderson, Texas City, Texas: "My husband,
son, and I visited Spain and Morocco last fall. It was a wonderful
trip. A highlight was visiting Toledo and seeing the El Greco
paintings 1 learned to love in Elizabeth Day's art history class
BETTY (Butch) NEISLER Timberlake, Lake Waccainaw, N.C.:
"Buck recently was elected Deacon of Lake Waccamaw Presbyterian
Church. 1 am chairman of the Lake Waccamaw Bicentennial Com-
mittee. We're hosting our big July 4 celebration for the county."
MARY TOMPKINS McManus, Brownsville, Texas: "Our daughter,
Ruth, graduated from Agnes Scott College in June. 1 had hoped that
she would choose MBC, but the city of Atlanta had much appeal."
MARGARET EARLE Baker, Bronxville, N.Y.: "Son, Jeffrey, a
graduate in electrical engineering from Lafayette College, 1975, is
now working as an engmeer and "deejay" at a local radio station.
Daughter, Nancy, is a junior at Cortland State University, N.Y.,
presently doing student teaching in physical education in a nearby
community. Younger daughter, Susan, is an active high school
sophomore. I am still teaching fourth grade and enjoy a game of
golf when time permits."
ANN McCRAY Sherman, Bradenton, Fla.: "We have bought an
older home which we are renovating. We briefly tried condominium
living, but didn't like it."
JANE PROFITT Pruett, San Diego, Calif.: "Daughter, Sally,
graduated this May from Vanderbilt. SUSAN PRUETT '72 is
married and moving to Charleston, S.C., where her husband is
taking medical training."
JOYCE CRAIG Butterworth, Birmingham, Ala.: "Chuck, our
oldest, and his wife live in Auburn. Our youngest, Craig, was
married recently and goes to Auburn University."
EMILY REESE Smith, Charlottesville, Va.: "My daughter,
TARINA SMITH '71, married Bernard Esclapez in January, 1974. She
lives in Paris, France. Our second oldest daughter lives in
Charlottesville and works as a secretary and our son graduates this
June from Ffampden-Sydney. Youngest daughter, Betty, is in her
second year at Mary Washington College. 1 work as a volunteer with
U. Va. Hospital Auxiliary which I enjoy."
JEAN DINKINS Thomason, Charlotte, N.C.: "Our two sons are
grown, but still going to school! One is in medical school at U. N.C.
— Chapel Hill. The other is working on his master's at N.C. State
CHARLOTTE TILLEY Sorrell, Durham, N.C: "Daughter Carlene
graduated from MBC in May; daughter CAROL SORRELL
Strawbridge ('72) lives in Lubbock, Texas. She has a dear little
brown-eyed girl a year old."
HARRIETTE CLARKE Thome, Darien, Conn.: "Husband Bill is
busy with golf and greenhouse and as representative of our district
in town government. Daughter, Barb, who served in the Peace
Corps, is home and will be getting married. Oldest son, Billy, is still
skiing his way through the University of Vermont majoring in
business. Young Charlie (10) is now a Boy Scout and catcher on the
Little League team. My 'Sweet Adeline' chapter won first place
among 22 choruses and will compete in Cincinnati in '76 and
London, England in '77."
ELIZABETH DUNN Barnes, Corapeake, N.C: "I'm stiU teaching
piano lessons. 1 had an exciting Christmas, as our daughter,
Barbara, was married December 28, 1975. She graduated from
Greensboro College in May and teaches first grade now."
MARIANNA JAMISON Leach, Leesburg, Va.: "Daughter, Mary
Hunter, is a junior at MBC on the consortium program at W&L. Our
son graduates from high school this spring. I chaperoned a group
of high school seniors to England over April."
MARY JANE WRIGHT McCandless, Chevy Chase, Md.: "I was
awarded an MA. in secondary' school counseling in December at
the University of Maryland. I'm still undecided how to use it."
MAR'THA GODWIN Saunders, Suffolk, Va.: "We built and moved
into a new home in March. Son, Whitney, is in Law School,
University of Virginia; son, Sandy, finishes at North Carolina
Wesleyan College in May."
ELIZABETH BLANCHARD Wilgus, Rocky Mount, N C: "Shelley
has graduated; Gay is in U. N.C -Greensboro graduate school.
Walter is in U. N.C. — Greensboro as a freshman. Alexander is a high
DORIS CLEMENT Kreger, Roanoke, Va.: "My son. Trip,
graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in May. My daughter,
Lynne, is a freshman at Mary Baldwin."
BETSY BERRY Williamson, Richmond, Va.: "My husband and
three sons spent Christmas in Kantersteg, Switzerland. I visited my
son. Rick, in Pensacola, Florida, in March where he is a jet pilot
ELIZABETH USHER Laffitte, Estill, S.C: "Our children are
grown. The older son, Monty, is married and working hard in his
third year at the Medical University of South Carolina. Our second
son. Sterling, is a senior at The Citadel. Our daughter, Liz, is a high
school junior and an avid basketball player."
JOAN MOORE Woltz, Mt. Airy, N.C: "1 have a married daughter
who graduated from Duke University in 1974. Number two daughter
graduated from U. N.C. -Chapel Hill this spring. Number one son
is a rising junior at U. N.C. - Chapel Hill and number two son
graduates this June and will attend U. N.C. -Chapel Hill in
ADRIANE HEIM Lyman, Bemardsville, N.J.: ""Our youngest
graduates from Wellesley this May and our oldest receives her
master's from Cornell at the same time. Van's and my latest
acquisition is a little greenhouse."
BETTY WHITE Talley, Petersburg, Va.: ""William H. Talley, IV, 21,
will be a first classman at V.M.I, in August. Lisa, 19, is a sophomore
at Lynchburg College. Betsy, 18, will be a freshman at Randolph-
Macon Woman's College in September. Melvin, 16, will be a junior
at Petersburg High School in September. Katie, 9, will be a fourth
grade student in September."
SALLY COX Lee, Orlando, Fla.: "Daughter, Sally, finishes her
freshman year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Son, "Smith" graduates from high school. Daughters, Evelyn and
Susanna, are finishing eighth and fifth grades."
MARY LUTZ Grantham, Honolulu, Hawaii: "Twins, Dianne and
Ned, graduate from Punahou in May. Dianne will be attending
Stanford and Ned will go to Harvard. My husband will retire from
the Navy in June and we"ll be leaving Hawaii and returning to
BETTY FEMK Schilling, Bloomington, Ind.: "Dear Class of '51-
My intentions were good, but I was needed at home the weekend of
our 25th reunion. I was disappointed, but how many times does a
mother get to watch her daughter belly-dance in her high school
My daughter, Kathy, received her degree from Michigan State in
Home Economics. Her husband is a veterinarian. Their greatest
achievement is a son, Jeff, out grandson! Our son. Rich, 20, a junior
at Indiana University, is in pre-med; Nancy is 16 years old.
We still have our cottage at Glen Lake, Michigan, sneak a week at
Snowmass, Colorado, and another week in Naples, Florida. My time
is given to the Bible Study Fellowship, P.E.O., and the
BARBARA CONLON Miescher, Terre Haute, Ind.: "My daughter
is in her second year at Indiana University, studying biological
sciences, doing very well and is very happy."
ELIZABETH HARWOOD Copland, Charles City, Va.: "Oldest son.
Rusty, is at V.P.I. Next oldest will go to college in the fall.""
BETTY BRINCKERHOFF Thomas, Richmond, Va.: "Daughter,
Susan, graduated from MBC in May. She has been president of Beta
Beta Beta and has been elected to Phi Beta Kappa. We're very proud."
CAROLYN PLEASANTS Eden, Montgomery, Ala.: "Tom and 1
have our three in college. Tommy graduates this June from Auburn;
Steve and Eve are at the Auburn University Branch in Montgomery.
Tom is executive vice president of Alabama Textile Manufacturers
Association; I'm secretary at the Soil Conservation of USDA area
office located in Montgomery."
SHIRLEY JOHNSON Bowman, Anderson, S.C: "Number five
and six grandchildren are twin boys — a first for our family.'"
LORRAINE BRUBECK Dalby, Wayne, Pa.: ""Busy teaching second
graders. Daughter in junior year at Pennsylvania State University.
Son is a junior at Radnor High."
MARY LOU CHRISTIE Schroeder, Greenwich, Conn.: "Our
oldest daughter, Martha, graduated from Gettysburg College in
June of last year and in July was married to a medical student.
Nancy, our second, is a sophomore at the University of Richmond
and Diane will enter college in the fall, leaving only Pam at home.
I'm still superintendent of the Sunday School."
CHARLOTTE JACKSON Lunsford, Asheville, N.C : "I am
involved in Quality '76 (Bicentennial Commission for Asheville-
Buncombe County). I was elected first woman on Wachovia Bank
Board of Directors and am a new member of the Mary Baldwin
Board of Trustees."
Outgoing president of the Mary Baldwin Alumnae
Association (1) Emily Wirsing Kelly '63, of Roanoke, and new
president, Mary Lament Wade (r) '52 of Richmond, chat
during the luncheon held in Hunt Dining Hall during the
Alumnae Homecoming Weekend.
ANN RAWL McCain, Columbia, S.C; "Our lives seem so busy . . .
for which I am really grateful! We have a son, Rich, who graduated
from Washington and Lee and is now in med school. Our daughter,
Kathy, is a junior at Mary Baldwin and president of the student
government, Pani is a high school junior. Spruce is on the MBC
Advisory Board of Visitors and I help with admissions. BETTY
ANNE WILLIAMS Bradford, LECH PASCHAL Mason, JOAN
JAMES Chamblin, PEGGY HEDRICK Weston, ANITA THEE
Graham, and ANNE LOUISE PRESSLEY Blencowe all live in the
same neighborhood here in Columbia."
POLLY SILLING Simmons, Broadway, Va., has been chosen one
of two outstanding reading teachers in the state by the Virginia
State Reading Association. Polly developed the "Parent Power"
program at Linville-Edom Elementary School, the goal of which was
"to efficiently arrange instruction to allow each student to reach his
or her potential while developing a joy of reading."
JANET RUSSELL Steelman, Ottsville, Pa.: "Had a nice visit with
JAN MITCHELL Harper. Her husband works for McNeil Labs.
They saw the write-up in the MBC alumnae news and contacted
MARGARET McLAUGHLIN Grove, Charlottesville, Va.: "I am
development secretary at St. Anne's-Belfield School and enjoy
having a 'career' again."
PAT MACON Lyon, Mobile Ala.: "Loved being a chaperone for
29 girls from Julius T. Wright's Girls' School in Mobile on a tour to
MBC— my first visit back in 20 years! I was so impressed and proud
of the many beautiful changes!"
JEANNE TAYLOR Block, Remsenburg, NY.: "Working on a
second annual Options for Women Seminar; president of East End,
National Organization of Women; completing a thesis project for
M.S. in Elementary Education at Southampton College; working on
a parent organization for gifted and talented students."
SALLY LANDER Edwards, Corpus Christi, Texas: "My daughter,
Libby, is now a sophomore at MBC and plans to graduate with a
pre-law degree in the footsteps of her father! Bill and I live 20
minutes from dov^ntown on five acres with stables, horses, cats,
dogs, geese, etc. I hope to start work on my master's degree
DUTCHIE MILLIGAN Williams, Matthews, N.C.: "I have a son
(Ward) attending Woodberry Forest in Virginia. He'll be a senior
BETSEY TOWLER Robson, Summit, N.J.: "My son. Ken, III,
will be entering Washington and Lee as a freshman in September."
JO BEARD Brooke, Jacksonville, iFla.: "I received an MA. degree
in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Florida in
August, 1975. I am now working as an administrative assistant in
the Enrichment and Skills Center at U.N.F. in Jacksonville. I am also
busy with two daughters, Robin, 14, and Anne, 11. I am an avid
soaring pilot, having received my private pilot's rating in gliders
several years ago and am the only woman member of our local
SALLY GRAHAM Murphy, Frederick, Md.: "I am somehow
surviving with three teenagers at home. We built a new home last
year, a reproduction of a Williamsburg house and which was built
to accommodate our antique furniture. We are in the country and
ANN SINGLETARY Bass, Philadelphia, Pa.: "We are presently in
Cambridge, England, but in September will be settling in Bryan,
Texas. My husband's archaeological institute is affiliating with
Texas A&M University."
ELLEN VENABLE Poteet, Matthews, N.C.: "The second genera-
tion in my family is already at MBC — my cousin, Ellen Howe, a
freshman from Wabash, Arkansas."
MAY WELLS JONES, New Orleans, La.: "I am teaching in the
Drama and Communications Department at the University of New
Orleans. The Bicentennial film, 'Galvez', which I wrote, will be
shown April 23-25th."
ANNE PONDER Dickson, Dallas, Texas: "Stephanie, 11, and
Robbie, 7, are active in sports, namely tennis, soccer, and Softball.
Our biggest challenge — working for smooth transition in the Dallas
schools which are under a court order."
BLAIR KELSEY Bickford, Norfolk, Va.: "Sorry to miss the
reunion. Norfolk Academy's Field day (our three guys' school) was
May 1 — a huge money raiser with lots of activities and, as parents,
our participation was a must. Our Christopher was Thomas
Jefferson in the play!"
KAY HUNDLEY Fisher, Bronxville, N.Y., was selected by the six
Junior Leagues of Westchester County as their candidate for the
National Volunteer Awards of 1975. Her nomination was for her
work in founding the Children's Receiving House of Westchester
County — a facility for the short-term care of non-delinquent,
neglected, abused, or abandoned children.
HARRIET HOPE Howard, Tucson, Ariz.: "Jim is a superior court
judge for a year."
ELIZABETH DICKERSON Brown, Southfield, Mich.: "My
husband and I moved from Gainesville, Florida, in early December,
1975. My husband is working in audiology at Ford Hospital in
FRANCES WENTZ Gibbs, Femandina, Fla.: "We have a
beautiful new home. I have my Florida real estate license and am
active with that and my AmWay business. Elizabeth is a talented
fourth-grader and Francis is the three-year-old clown in the family.
We are all healthy and happy and would love to have MBC friends
SALLY HELTZEL Pearsall, Mobile, Ala.: "My husband has a new
job which has sent him to France. I hope to join him next time! I
sang in my first opera 'Susannah' by Carlisle Floyd, who directed it
MARY ELLEN SMITH MacKenzie, Atlanta, Ga.: "I'm
completing work on my master's degree in library science at
VIRGINL\ STOTT Ward, Montoursville, Pa.: "Bill is still an
administrator with the Williamsport Area Community College. We
enjoy photography as a hobby. The Boys, Billy (8) and Mike (6) are
growing like weeds. 1 am busy conducting story hours, church
activities, and snapping pictures."
SALLY LIVINGSTON Brown, Charleston, W. Va.: "We have
moved due to a promotion for Lee. He is now an area supervisor
for the Dupont plant at Belle, West Virginia, and we live in
KEENE ROADMAN Martin, Annandale, Va.: "I am busily
engaged as a Brownie leader, etc. I see PEGGY ENGLE Trumbo
often. We are enjoying all the Bicentennial affairs in the D. C. area."
JUDITH THOMPSON Hatcher, Toronto, Ontano, Canada: "Our
life is full now with our increasingly active boys: Beau, 9, Stuart, 7,
and Ben, 2. I am currently involved in working with primary school
children who have difficulties with poorly developed muscle
coordination. I think so often of Mary Baldwin and long to return.
Surely I can do it before my 15th reunion!"
ANN DELK, Kensington, Calif.: "I am continuing with bio-
chemical research at the University of California in Berkeley,
recently receiving a grant from the cystic fibrosis foundation; keep
busy with house and car maintenance and repair and a postage
stamp garden; have added cross country skiing and snow camping
to winter sports interests."
SUE JORDAN Rodarte, Rochester, Minn.: "My husband, Joe, is
on the staff at the Mayo Clinic. We have a four-year-old daughter.
Bettina. I own and operate a small woman's clothing store. It is very
challenging and rewarding."
SUSAN SALE Luck, Sevema Park, Md.: "1 was ordained Elder in
our 1,700 member church. Sallie, 8, and Ann Ferrell, 5, keep me
busy. Jim is a supervisor at Westinghouse."
From the Coker College News: "MARTHA SINGLETARY
Marks, Laurinburg, N.C., is special lecturer in anthropology at
Coker College tor the spring quarter. Mrs. Marks, wife of Stuart A.
Marks, is currently teaching a course in Parent Effectiveness
Training, sponsored by Robeson Technical Institute and is a teacher
at the Trinity Presbyterian Church Sunday School, where she is also
a part-time assistant with Tot Co-op, a pre-school program. She
helped to organize and is an active member of the Scotland County
League of Women Voters."
JULIA CARRINGTON Bemis, Asheville, N.C.: "Teaching MLT
program at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Institute. Both girls are
in school now. 1 would love to see anyone coming our way— the
Asheville area can offer an excellent vacation!"
FRANCES 'Penny' ABBITT Quarrier, Charlotte Court House, Va.:
"A beautiful baby boy was bom to us on September 19, 1975.
Sadie is five and in kindergarten. Dave and a friend have planted
their own vineyards and are in the process of establishing a wine
company in a bam on our farm."
KAY CARTMELL Ferrell, Memphis, Tenn.: "I have returned to
teaching after a five year break'. Our daughter is five. My husband
is in plastic surgery residency — finishing December, 1977."
NANCY NELSON Spencer, Wayland, Mass.: "Our new daughter,
Anne, is now a happy one year oU and she is well taken care of by
her sisters, Jennifer, 7, and Meg, 5. We have now become tme New
Englanders with the addition of a cottage on a lake in Vermont. Dave
designed it and is doing the finishing-work on it — a project which
will take a few years!"
SARAH BRENNAN Freeman, Longwood, Fla.: "Doug is six years
old and Mary Evelyn is four years. Mallory is a sales trainer for
Qwip Systems, a division of Exxon. I'm going to graduate school at
Rollins, working on my M.A.T. We love Florida."
From a clipping from the La Gaceta, Tucuman, Argentina, the
following about OLGA EUGENIA FLORES FRANCO has been
received: "For her novel, 'La casa de los cerros', the Tucumana
writer, OLGA EUGENIA FLORES FRANCO received the second
prize in the 'Robin Hood' contest of novels for adolescents
sponsoreci by Acme Publishing House. Professor Flores Franco
graduated from the National University of Tucuman specializing in
English and was a scholarship student of the International
Institute of Education, studying literary criticism. She received her
M.A. in English at the University of Connecticut. She has published
works of poetry and criticism in the magazine Humanitas and is
a collaborator on the literary section of La Gacetn."
MARGARET HOGENAUER McCormick, Lake Orion, Mich.:
"Busy with two children, Damon, 4, and Tara, 1."
VIRGINIA CHAPMAN Cobb, Little Rock, Ark.: "I am working
on a juvenile justice code with the Little Rock Junior League and
mostly working with S. C.A.N, as a lay therapist (suspected child
abuse and neglect). Billy is six and Cynthia is five. Jim is vice
president of Commercial National Bank."
JUDY ROY, San Francisco, Calif.: "Working as a systems analyst
for a San Francisco area newspaper. Still love San Francisco."
MARIAN GORDIN Lord, Atlanta, Ga.: "I continue as editor for
the Southem Association of Colleges and Schools. My husband,
Gerald, is in the Ph.D. program at Emory in Religion (Social
SUSAN BROWNE Webb, Clearwater, Fla.: "We have begun our
eighth year in Florida. My husband, Fred, is pastor of Faith
Presbyterian Church. Our children are Robyn, 4, and Wil, 6. 1 am
active in the Junior League and other community organizations."
ELIZABETH BROWN Peery, Asheville, N.C.: "Since September,
1975, 1 have been working part-time as a teacher-trainer for
Buncombe County Child Development. I am really enjoying it."
MINERVA THOMPSON Nolte, FPO San Francisco, Calif.: "In
preparation for the Boards in Immunology and Allergy, I thought it
best to stay in related research. I was lucky to find a colleague
working on a native disease immunologically, so I applied to
interested foundations for support in a study. 1 began working
right away, while waiting for a response, as a guest worker for
NINCDS (branch of N.I.H. in Bethesda) who fund my colleague's
KAY EARLY Roper, Norfolk, Va.: "1 am teaching math at Norfolk
Collegiate School and have just moved into a new house. I am
working on the Phillips-Thomas city council campaign and am a
member of the Azalea King's Daughters' Circle."
fln fliumnae Cruise on
the S.S. Rotterdam
January 4-16, 1977
from Norfolk, Virginia
Famous for the popularity of her Noifolk sailings, the
s.s. Rotterdam flagship of Holland America Cmises, is a
large luxurious ship. She features gourmet meals, pro-
fessional entertainment, movies, swimming, dancing, and
a variety of specialized activities. Optional shore excur-
sions are carefully planned. All family and friends of
alumnae are welcome aboard. Other alumnae groups will
be from Hollins College, Randolph-Macon Woman's
College, Salem College, and Sweet Briar College.
Itinerary: Norfolk, Virginia
Port- Au Prince, Haiti
La Guaira (for Caracas, Venezuela)
St. George's, Grenada
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Roanoke/Norfolk bus and hotel package available.
Valet parking at the pier. Private cocktail party at sea.
Ship departs from New York on January 3, returns on
S.S. Rotterdam Rates and Accommodations Per Person
• Outside Rooms-
Cabin Deluxe $1740.00
• Outside Rooms —
One Room Suites $1580.00
• Outside Rooms with
two lower beds $1095.00-$ 1 525.00
• Inside Rooms with
two lower beds $ 920.00-$ 1 3 1 0.00
• Outside Rooms with
bed and upper berth $ 1030.00-$ 1 175.00
• Inside Rooms with
one bed and upper berth $ 7 15.00-$ 1020.00
Single Rates on Request No Gratuities Required Port Taxes Per
Person — $8.00 Deposit $100 per person — fully refundable
until October 15, 1976.
BOOKING FOR THIS CRUISE IS NOW IN PROGRESS -
PLEASE DO NOT DELAY
Make checks payable and mail to:
K.R. HOPKINS TRAVEL, Inc.
619 S. Jefferson St./The Patrick Henry/Roanoke, Va. 24011
Telephone (703) 345-0431
SUZANNE NORFLEET Clark, Little Rock, Ark.: "We are busy
managing our apartments and business, 'Clark Employment
Agency'. Bill is mnning for Congress, a new and exciting experience
for us. Suzanna, now three, is in nursery school and loves it."
JUDY BARBEE Crothers, Rising Sun, Md.: "Jim and I have
another son, Alex, bom in June, 1975. Taylor is now 4'/2. We took a
trip to London and Amsterdam in October and just returned from a
family vacation in Florida where Jim attended an insurance course."
MARY CHENAULT Deaton, Raleigh, N.C.: "My husband, Doug,
and I moved into our first house in March of last year. That was
our big news and accomplishment for 75."
ANN YINGLING Foubert, Delhi, NY.: "We were sorry to miss
the reunion, but were vacationing in the Poconos with a group
that Dave studied with in Denmark. I am the choir director of his
church and have three handbell choirs -my joy! We travel around
the country singing for and with many others. My two boys, 7 and
5, also enjoy the music."
ASHLIN SWETNAM Bray, Victoria, Texas: "We moved in
February from Wilmington, Delaware, to Victoria, Texas Jim is
with Dupont. We have three children: Emily, 5, Keith, 3, and Tyler,
LYNN SMITH Barron, St. Matthews, S.C: "We moved to St.
Matthews in May where Porter is farming with his brother. Our
little boy, Porter, Jr., is 20 months old and a complete joy to us."
ALICE LIPPITT Steyaarl, Richmond Hill, Ga.: "Jim and I have
lived in 'the country' two years now and love it. We've had pets —
dogs, racoons, ducks, chickens, squirrels, bees, and a beautiful
vegetable garden the year 'round."
SANDRA ZEESE Driscoll, Singapore: "My husband is a vice
president of Irving Trust Company, a New York bank, and heads
their branch in Singapore. We have two children. Kathryn was bom
in Taipei and Michael was bom in Singapore."
ANGELA BLOSE Corley, Hershey, Pa.: "We moved last June to
Hershey when Bill became hospital director at Hershey Medical
NANCY FALKENBERG, Atlanta, Ga.: "I'm living in Atlanta-
seeing much more of my family than when I lived in New York
City. I will travel to Forest Hills for the 'Open' this fall or latter part
of the summer,"
BARBARA HORNER, Boulder, Colo.: "1 am currently working in
Boulder as head programmer for the National Hail Research
Experiment at the National Center for Atmospheric Research."
PATTY THOMAS Robinson, Ho Ho Kus, N.J.: "Harry has only
one more year of orthopedic surgery residency (yea!) at Cornell. We
have three daughters: Betsy, 3V2, Kathy, 2, and Christy, 7 months,
who keep me hopping."
From the parents of JEANNETTE NORFLEET we learn that she
is now a graduate student at Ohio University studying speech and
hearing difficulties and remedial reading.
CATHERINE WALLEIGH Camevale, Silver Spring, Md : "In
July, 1975, 1 began work in the Bureau of Veterinary Medicine, Food
and Drug Administration. Quite an improvement over private
practice! Rich is also in the B.V.M. We have one child, age two."
JANE STARKE Sims, Adelphi, Md.: "Rob and 1 have just bought
a home in Adelphi."
ELIZABETH DONELSON Adler, Charlottesville, Va.: "I have
two children: Alexander, 2 years, and Renee, 2 months. We are
planning a six weeks visit to Winifried's family in Germany. 1
finished my Ph.D. last year and am taking this year off."
PATRICIA HEDDEN, Monroe, N.C.: "1 am teaching grades 10-12
at Sun Valley High School. I sponsor the school newspaper among
JENNIFER JAMES Hepler, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.: "We spend
most of our time chasing Brian (3) and Christopher (1) and sailing.
Art is stationed at Eglin AFB, Florida."
ANGIE PAINTER Hickox, Paradise Valley, Ariz.: "I was married
to Barker Hickox on September 25, 1975.""
CECELIA DAVIS Stevens, Dahlgren, Va.: "Our big news is that
Meredith Mooers Stevens arrived on March 7. Heather Allison is
four. Randy has been accepted for a fellowship in Endodontics
(still with the Navy) in Norfolk beginning late this summer. He's
the only dentist at the base in Dahlgren and we all love it. When we
were in Rota, Spain, we chatted occasionally with my old room-
mates, BARBARA PENICK Jimeniz (who lives in Madrid) and
CAROLYN MURPHY '67 (she lives in Sevilla). Barbara's husband
is an internist and they have two boys. Carolyn was working for
photographer Robert Vavra, who did the pictures for Michener's
Iberia. I also met ANNE BELLWOOD Kramer '58 whose husband is
the weapons officer at Rota. Back in Virginia we ran into PEGGY
WEAVER Manthei '67. Bob is a civilian on the base and they live
close by in Colonial Beach "
From Pennsylvania State University it has been learned that
PAMELA WEV was awarded a Master of Regional Planning degree
at the winter commencement exercises held March 20 at The Capitol
Campus, Middletown, Pennsylvania.
PATSY BINKLEY Haws, Huntsville, Ala.: "Frank and I are living
in Huntsville where he is a neuro-surgeon. I keep busy with my
needlepoint and gardening and tennis."
SUZANNE HARTLEY Barker, Sacramento, Calif.: "Pat and 1 are
living in northern California and are throughly enjoying the
recreational opportunities — backpacking, skiing, and kayaking. I
am the treatment coordinator at a psychiatric facility for emotionally
disturbed children and Pat is a resident in internal medicine at the
University of California, Davis."
MARY JANE WIRTZ Winter, Richmond, Va., has been named by
the faculty of Union Theological Seminary to receive a fellowship
award which will enable her to complete a year of graduate study in
a subject area and at an institution of her choice.
MALOU THORN Rawls, New York, NY.: "Left Charlottesville
last summer and moved to NYC. My husband, Waite, is with
Chemical Bank and I work for an ad agency scheduling T.V.
SHERRI MILLER Stephenson, New York, NY.: "We still enjoy
living in NYC. I sec members of the Class of 1969 frequently —
PENNY ODOM Tliompson, JUDY GALLOWAY, and MALOU
JOAN SKELTON Thomas, Dallas, Texas: "After six years as a
high school social studies teacher, 1 am quitting to become the
bookkeeper for my husband's free lance film business."
LESLIE FREEMAN, Jacksonville, Fla.: "1 am still living in Jackson-
ville and am working with delinquents as a counselor for vocational
PATRICIA LYON, Southfield, Mich.: "Transferring to Phoenix in
the summer . . . going into computer sales with Honeywell."
LFWY RAVENEL McGehee, New Orleans, La.: "We have a six-
months-old baby girl named Lavinia Skinner and have just moved
to New Orleans where Clay is working with a law firm."
LOUISE PARMELEE Sylvester, Dallas, Pa.: "After four years in
Vemiont, we have moved to Pennsylvania. We recently had a son,
Nathan, and he is a real joy!'"
KATHY CRAWFORD Arrowsmith, Bowling Green, Ohio: "Our
son, Nathan Robert, will soon be a year old. We"re enjoying living in
a house after being in the residence hall for two years."'
MARGARET FL\WKINS Oosteiman, Pittsburgh, Pa.: "The
Navy keeps us on the move — we're going to San Francisco,
Califomia, for a year in July. Daughter, Beth, is an atom-powered
MARTHA BOOTH Jennison, Jacksonville, Fla.: "I recently
married (November 29) John Charles Jennison, III, and moved to
Jacksonville. Jay graduated from U. Va. and Stetson Law School in
St. Petersburg, Florida, and is practicing law here in Jacksonville.""
LYNN DES PREZ Wynkoop, King of Prussia, Pa.: ""Gary and 1
are well and happy. Our new house is fun. I started in December in
a medical specialty board position which offers me some adminis-
tration experience and travel."'
ZOE ANN KERBEY Holmes, El Paso, Texas: "Mary-Celeste is
four now. I expect to receive my master's this summer from the
University of "Texas. Ed will be in the Army until October. After that
our future is somewhat uncertain."
GINKY McLaughlin Myers, Lynchburg, Va.: "We have
another little girl, Mary Milner. Ham is Wi and Lee is IVi. We are
so very thankful for them — and ALL the blessings God has given
LISA ROWLAND Chapman, Little Rock, Ark.: "Dick and I are
renovating our third house — a hobby of ours. Dick is a commercial
developer and 1 am playing lots of tennis. Saw MARTHA BOOTH
Jennison and KATHERINE DOWNIE '71 in March "
JULIE MAYS Pedrotti, Colorado Springs, Col.: "Paul and I will
move this summer to New York where he'll be an operations
manager with Citibank and 1 will be a student in the M.B.A.
program at Columbia University."
BROOKE HUME, Nashville, Tenn.: "After graduate school at
Emory University and working for two years in Atlanta as a
paralegal, 1 entered Vanderbilt Law School this past fall. 1 am looking
forward to clerking in Atlanta this summer for Long and Aldridge."
NANCY MATTHEWS Shankman, Pulaski, Va.: "After four years
1 to r: Arm Sims Smith, '45, and Mrs. Thomas G. Bell, of
Staunton, greet the new president of the college. Dr. Virginia
L. Lester, at a reception in her honor for alunmae and parents
of the Staunton -Augusta County area.
of teaching, I'm enjoying staying at home with our 8-month-old
daughter, Brenna Ross. Byron has found general law practice in a
small town to be satisfying and people here are very friendly."
JANE SHORTELL Nelson, Hockessin, Del.: "I am still working at
Artisans Savings Bank in Wilmington."
SHIRLEY (Cricket) FREY Morris, Richmond, Va.: "For seven
weeks this past fall John and I traveled through Britain and Europe
at our own pace via rail pass and rented car. By the time we reached
Vienna, 1 was speaking German with confidence. From November
to February we lived in Indianapolis, Indiiina, while John fulfilled
a three-month commitment with the Army."
SUSAN STUART Blair, Waitsfield, Vt.: "Bob and 1 have lived in
Waitsfield for three years now. He is vice president of a local
contracting company. 1 sold my tourist-oriented business last
spring with the arrival of our first child, a girl, Frazier."
EMILY PAINE Brady, Lexington, Mass.: "Reading Anais Nin —
working for Udall et al — maintaining Erik Paine and wee Caroline
MARSHA SPEARS Shepler, Charleston, W. Va.: "I'm acting
director of the Social Services Department at Charleston Memorial
Hospital. My husband is now practicing law in a 13-member law
firm. We recently spent a week in Canada skiing."
ELIZABETH FORE, Richmond, Va.: "I am still employed as a
caseworker with foster children. Am also working on a M.S.W.
CLAUDL\ WITHERS Fahmer, Huntsville, Ala : "Don and 1 have
recently ended three beautiful years in Europe and are settling in
Huntsville as 'bureaucrats' for the federal government."
SUSAN EILEEN RICHARDSON, Winston-Salem, N.C.: "Just
returned from seven months in Europe. Studied three months in
Paris at the Cordon Bleu Cooking School. Traveled in Scandinavia
LYNDY SEAMAN Whipp, Reston, Va.: "Daughter, Elizabeth
Warner, bom on Valentine's Day this year; son, James Verne, FV, is
21 months old. Jim is branch manager of the mortgage banking
subsidiary of the Rouse Company in Alexandria and is finishing
his M.B.A. at American University."
NANCY WINTERS Moore, Altamonte Springs Fla.: "Joe and I
have moved to the Orlando area and have purchased ten acres on
which we intend to start a nursery. I'm still working hard for the
SARA LEE ALLEN Moody, Charlottesville, Va.: "I was married
in May, 1975. My husband is a resident in urology at U. Va.
BECKY HOLCOMB Dickinson, Fredericksburg, Va : Tm
teaching math in a junior high school outside of Fredericksburg."
PENNY POWERS Pattee, Austin, Texas: "In June my husband
and I moved into the home that had been my grandparents' home.
It is in the country south of Austin. I will be teaching math and my
husband will be teaching Industrial Arts."
SALLY VIA Matthews, Austin, Texas: "I'm working for the U. S.
Treasury Department as a national bank examiner. Larkin works
for the Texas Employment Commission while completing a paper
for his M.B.A."
JOANNE JONES, Dimbokro, Ivory Coast, West Africa: "I am
presently finishing my second year of my services as an English
VIRGINIA MASTERS Fleishman, Lexington, Ky.: "Henry is in
his surgery residency here at the University of Kentucky Medical
Center. I have enjoyed being at home with our daughter, Leonie,
but plan to return to work part-time as a medical technologist this
PRISaLLA COPPOCK Hanger, Staunton, Va.: "My husband, Jim,
and I want to announce the birth of our daughter, Kate Coppock,
on September 9, 1975."'
JOANIE KIRBY Brawley, Charlottesville, Va.: "Dickie and I are
on the verge of leaving Phoenix, Arizona, where he's been
finishing up a master's of International Business. I've been working
in a 17-acre plant nursery. We're going back to Charlottesville where
Dickie will be looking for a job and I'll be getting the desert out of
BARBARA PHILLIPS Truta, Christiansburg, Va.: "We have
recently been transferred here from Cleveland, Ohio. 1 work for the
Bank of Christiansburg and Mike works for White Motor Corp.""
CAROL JACKSON, Rockville, Md.: ""I am now a licensed
insurance agent working in Chevy Chase. I am taking insurance
classes at night and working toward a C.P.C.V. designation.""
MARY HOTCHKISS, Chariottesville, Va.: "I am completing a
master"s in Religious Studies at U. Va. and coaching U. Va."s
women's tennis team."
JULIE CLARK Reedy, Cambridge, Mass.: "I finished my master's
in Political Science at Texas A&M. Frank and I are at Massachusetts
Institute of Technology where he is doing some more graduate
SHARON CALLIHAM Tinunerman, Myrtle Beach, S.C: "Planned
a trip to Hawaii in April for a week; Dick is enjoying his work with
the city recreation department."" Chris, ll'2, is growing up.
PEGGY PARTRIDGE Rogers, Tucson, Ariz.: "My husband and
I have been living in Tucson for the last two years. I recently
completed my master"s degree in Latin American Studies at the
University of Arizona.""
ELYSA MADDOX Montgomery, Richmond, Va.: '"I'm doing
transplant research at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond
and love it! Jim just finished his second year of seminary.""
SALLIE BRUSH Thalhimer, Richmond, Va.: "We have a new
baby girl, Elizabeth!""
LOSSIE NOELL Wilkinson, Charlottesville, Va.: ""Have enjoyed
living in a house the past year, but not the necessary cleaning. I
prefer to keep busy with tennis games and volunteer work.""
KATE BEAMAN Fruechtenicht, Jackson, Mich.: "I am the wife of
Hans Fniechtenicht, mother of Eleanor, and busy here at Stone
Village Art Center, weaving, sewing, cooking, and baking. Traveled
across Africa in "73, met Hans in Germany and came to America in
'75. We plan to restore a Victorian house soon. Hans is manager of
the Jackson Symphony and Eleanor is walking now — she is ten
HELEN RADCLIFFE Gregory, Falls Church, Va.: "Ted and I are
living in Falls Church now. I am working as the assistant business
manager for a non-profit organization. Speech Communication
Association, and Ted is a staff accountant with Arthur Andersen and
Company in Washington.'"
SUSAN ENGLANDER Fraile, Groton, Conn.: ""We moved to
Groton last June and I am working in a local bank until a teaching
or library job becomes available. Bob is serving on the submarine
VSS WUI Rogers."
ANN FULTON SKINNER Homsby, Toano, Va.: "My husband is
working in a real estate development firm, in Williamsburg. We
finally completed refinishing an old farmhouse about 13 miles west
of Williamsburg. We took a six week motor trip last fall to California
and stayed with SUSAN WILKERSON Davies, "75 in Texarkana,
Arkansas, on the return to Virginia. We also saw ELIZABETH
BALDWIN Simons on a recent weekend trip to Greenwich,
PIPER STRANG Preston, Jefferson City, Mo.: "I have been
very busy with various volunteer activities. Tm secretary of the
Board of Directors of the East Central Division (an 11 county area)
of the Missouri Association for Social Welfare which is a non-profit
citizen group which is devoted to improving living conditions in
Missouri. We deal with such projects as prison reform, child abuse,
volunteers against hunger, income maintenance, and health. My
major interest lies in the health area. I also work on Mondays and
Fridays at the Episcopal Church Re-Sell-It Shop.
My husband. Hap, is a Health Planning Specialist for the State
Health Planning and Development Agency. We enjoy living in
Jefferson City with all the activities going on at the State Capitol.'"
VALERIE LUND, Williamsburg, Va., was a graduate assistant in
history at the College of William and Mary after serving a year as an
admissions counselor at MBC. In September she will go to Scripps
College in the women"s colleges" administrative intern program.
SALLY DILLARD, Staunton, Va.: Sally has been promoted to
Assistant Director of Admissions at Mary Baldwin College.
KATE MALLONEE, Richmond, Va., has been appointed
membership director of the Brandermill Country Club.
From the mother of STONE MEEKER, Indianapohs, Ind., we
learn that Stone has received her A.B. from Lake Forest College, Lake
Forest, Illinois. She took her junior year in Copenhagen, Denmark.
ELLEN LUTZ, New Orleans, La.: "After attending paralegal school
in Philadelphia, 1 am now working in New Orleans as a paralegal in
the labor law department of Jones, Walker Law Firm."
DOROTHY SUE HEBRANK, Greenville, S.C: "1 am assistant
tennis pro at the Greenville Indoor Racquet Club."
BILLIE RAMSEY, Newark, Del.: "1 graduated from the University
of Delaware with a degree in sociology and hopefully will be
starting law school in the fall."
MARY KIRBY, Myerstown, Pa.: "I am presently living at home
and enjoying work as a hostess in a lovely new restaurant."
CHARLOTTE RAITHEL, Brussels, Belgium: "1 have been living
in this delightful country since graduation. Am research assistant
for book on aviation 1917-1919 and improving French. Am traveling
FRANCES R. WISE '67 to Carl W. Orgell, March 21, 1976.
ANGELINA PAINTER '68 to J. Barker Hickox, September 25, 1975.
MARTHA BOOTH '70 to John Charles Jennison, 111, November 29, 1975.
ELIZABETH JENNINGS 70 to Thomas Elwood Shupe, May 1, 1976.
HOLLY MERKEL 71 to Robert Barry Daane, May 1, 1976.
SARA LEE ALLEN 72 to Thomas E. Moody, May, 1975.
ROSELLEN VIA '72 to Larkin Matthews, November 1, 1975.
REBECCA HOLCOMB '72 to George Forrest Dickinson, Jr.,
October 25, 1975.
PATRICIA LACY '74 to Alden K. Gray, Jr., May 8, 1976.
DONNA LYNN THOMPSON '75 to William Robert Howell, May,
Attention: Mary Baldwin Artists
Emily W. Kelly, chairman of the cookbook com-
mittee, has announced that the committee is interested
in using art work by an alumna for illustrations. The
artist will be chosen on the basis of a sample cover
illustration. If you would like to submit a cover design
for consideration, please write the Alumnae Office for
a statement of specifications. Designs must be
submitted by November 15, 1976.
DATES TO REMEMBER
October 10-11, 1976
Alumnae Board of Directors Meeting
and Alumnae Council
April 22-23, 1977
Inauguration of Dr. Virginia L. Lester
Saturday, April 23
Honiecoming for all aliminae
and reunions for the classes of:
To SUSAN SCHEEL Lyttle '65 and Don, a son, Matthew Craig,
March 14, 1976.
To NANCY BROCKENBROUGH Foulks '66 and Gary, a
daughter, Beverley Neal, February 3, 1976.
To ELLEN RYAN Pearson '67 and John, a son, John Edward,
February 29, 1976.
To ANGELA BLOSE Corley '67 and Bill, a son, Matthew Robert,
lanuary 11, 1976,
To BARBARA CRAFT Hemphill '68 and John, a son, James
Daniel, February 4, 1976.
lo NANCY PEYTON Gresham '68 and Thomas, a son, Thomas
Marshall, January 29, 1976.
To LOUISE PARMELEE Sylvester '70 and Gerard, a son, Nathan
Parmelee, January 21, 1976.
To SUSAN HELTZEL Estes '70 and Earl, a daughter, Jennifer
Lynn, January 11, 1976.
To ZOE ANN KERBEY Holmes '70 and Edward, a daughter,
Elizabeth Kerbey, April 30, 1976.
To ANNE VOGTLE Baldwin '72 and Bryan, a son, Christopher
Bryan, January 19, 1976.
To JANET LYNN ROTH Bruno '72 Henry, a son, Anthony
Michael, January 17, 1976.
BETTY MILLER Wheat 04, May 9, 1976.
NINA CROCKER Haynes 15, May 10, 1976.
AUGUSTA MOLLOY Huggins '15, November 3, 1975.
ELSIE CURTIS Nehns '17, June, 1976.
HONORA WOOD Schlegel '21, January 13, 1976.
LUCILLE WACHTER Falconer '37, March 26, 1976.
ELLEN JONES McClellan '37, March 6, 1976.
Class Notes Policy
For the past two years all available class news has
been printed in each issue of the magazine. This policy
makes Class Notes fresher and more timely, especially
now that we publish three magazines a year— in
November, March, and July. But, the flow of alumnae
news depends on you to take the initiative and we
are asking you to keep the Alumnae Office posted
about your activities.
The deadline for the November issue is October 31 —
just a post card with your news is enough. Write
today, especially if you have not been mentioned in
the Class Notes section for two or more years. Your
classmates are waiting to hear about you!
MBC Cookbook— On the Front Burner
Plans are proceeding on schedule for the publication
of a cookbook by the Mary Baldwin Alumnae
Association. Many recent alumnae gatherings have
have centered aroimd the collection of recipes and
interest has been generated by the forthcoming book.
Recipe collecting and testing is to be completed by
September 30, 1976.
If you have not been contacted, but would like to
donate a recipe, please call (703/885-0811) or write the
Alumnae Office right away in order for us to make our
collection and testing deadline.
GIFTS TO ORDER FROM THE
MARY BALDWIN CHAIRS
The Captain's Chair $72.00 plus tax
The Boston Rocker $65.00 plus tax
Satin lacquer black finish with silk-screened seal
Shipped freight collect from Boone, North Carolina.
MARY BALDWIN NEEDLEPOINT KITS
The Mary Baldwin seal is now available marked in
color on a canvas 15" by 15". Persian yam is provided
for working the design and all is packaged in a plastic
case. $25.00 plus tax
(Shipping cost included.)
Nominations for the
Administrative Intern Program
Any graduate of Mary Baldwin College, or
member of the faculty or staff, who has
been out of college at least three years, is
eligible to apply for a one-year internship in
the Carnegie Corporation's Administrative
Intern Program in Higher Education. Please
write the President's office or call the college
(703 885-0811) for further details.
It is the policy of Mary Baldwin College not to
discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational
programs, activities, or employment policies as
required by Title IX of the 1972 education amendments.
Inquiries regarding compliance with Title IX may be
directed to Dean Dorothy M. Mulberry, Mary Baldwin
College, telephone 885-0811, or to the Director of the
Office for Civil Rights, Department of Health, Educa-
tion and Welfare, Washington, D. C.
Mary Baldwin College is a private, non-sectarian
college primarily for women. Local day students, both
men and women, are admitted without discrimination
on the basis of sex. In addition, Mary Baldwin College
adheres to a policy of non-discrimination on the basis
of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin in respect
to the educational program, activities, employment
policies, and admission.
cyyiary Baldwin College
Staunton, Virginia 24401